Earl Buckley

Born: Tue., Aug. 21, 1928
Died: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 13, 2018
Location: Northbranch Friends Church

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Earl Edmund Buckley died(entered into eternal rest) on January 5, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Center in Superior, Nebraska. Earl was born August 21st, 1928, in Ames, Kansas, to Robert and Nora Buckley. He has lived in the Northbranch (Northern Kansas) area for 56 years.

He leaves behind wife Lonnie; children, Pam Garman of Burr Oak, KS, Sherry Willerton of Tucson, AZ, Randy Buckley of Garden City, KS, Ron Buckley of Aurora, CO, and Roger Buckley of Centennial, CO; as well as 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae Buckley; his parents, Robert and Nora Buckley; and his siblings, Floyd Buckley, Mabel Kalin, Wilbur Buckley, and Wilma (Jean) Nelson

Earl married Donna Mae Roberson in January 1951. Following her death in May 1988, Earl married Lonnie Diehl in June of 1989.

Earl served in the Navy after enlisting at age 18. He served in the Korean War on the destroyer, U.S.S. Keppler.

Earl was involved in custom harvesting for 50 years. He would travel every year from Oklahoma to North Dakota custom combining from May until October. During the fall he would harvest corn, milo, and soybeans around Northern Kansas and Southern Nebraska. Earl also farmed his own land as well as constructing farm buildings and grain bins. He continued to work until age 85.

Between his travels in the Navy and his work in custom combining, Earl met many people and was able to visit many different interesting places. This was one of his favorite things to share with loved ones, and he enjoyed telling stories about his travels and friends.

Another important part of Earl’s life was his faith. He was a member of Northbranch Friends Church since 1983. Previously, he was a member of Wesley Center Wesleyan Church for 30 years. He highly valued attending church and joining others in fellowship in Christ; he made an extraordinary effort to continue to regularly attend his church despite moving to Mankato in 2008.

Promoting others’ relationships with Christ was also very important to Earl. He went out of his way to routinely provide rides for children to Sunday School. Also, he was a part of the Gideons International, and he distributed Bibles to as many people as he could.

Earl was also involved in the Jewell County Historical Society. He sought to preserve history and artifacts, as well as to honor the area he lived in for most of his life and his farming roots.

Earl was a joy-filled and faithful man who loved spending time with his family, watching basketball, and working hard.

​Memorials are suggested to Gideon's International or the Jewell County Historial Society.

Funeral services were Saturday, 11:00 a.m., January 13, 2018 at the Northbranch Friends Church in Jewell County, Kansas with Rev. Jon Harkness and Kelly McNichols officiating.  Interment with military honors was at the Burr Oak Cemetery.

Williams Funeral Home

241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska  68970


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Gail and Lynette Bartley
   Posted Fri January 05, 2018
Pam and family,
May you find comfort in knowing that we are keeping you in our thoughts during this time of loss. Someone that is so much a part of your life is never really gone. Cherish your many good good memories that you have.

Mary Berg
   Posted Fri January 05, 2018
To the family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May you find peace in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about them and bring them back again (Job 14:13,15). May these words from God's word, the Bible give you comfort now and strong hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Becky Wright-Fernandez & Carlton
   Posted Sun January 07, 2018
Our deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man. Working with him during the Threshing Bee, visiting with him in the various locations, Earl was such a highlight. He always had a kind word for Carlton and they seemed to have a special bond with each other. We are saddened by his loss but greatful we had the privileged to know and help Earl. Love and Hugs to all the family. Thank you to Pam and Ron for also being such a big part in creating and encouraging the relationship between Carlton and your dad...

Joann Davis
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Dear Pam and Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know the memories you created together as a family will help you through this time of grief. My deepest sympathy to you all.

Steve and Kelly Shadduck
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Merle and Cindy Dake
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018
To Earl's Family; It was a privilege to know and work with Earl in the Superior Gideons Camp.

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