Charles Kay Buckingham, 79


By Tribune - Posted on 19 January 2012

        Husband, dad, pa-pa, great papa, known to many as “Buck,” left us on January 11, 2012 to join his loved ones that went before him.

Born in Terry, Mont., on Dec. 18, 1932 to Elizabeth and Glenn Buckingham. Cowboy in his younger years, wild and crazy. Loved the wild bulls. Worked the oil fields, joined the Para Troopers and fought in the Korean War. Came home to marry Helen Verworn and they moved to Missoula, Mont., to attend the University. He worked in the sawmills, became an iron worker and at the time of this retirement was a custodian at the University of Montana. 
He and his wife of 55 years had two children, Stacy Kay Buckingham of Missoula, and Tracy Glenn Buckingham of Laurel, Mont. They have grandchildren Aren Lumpkin (Nick), Nathaniel Buckingham and Logan Buckingham (Tydessa); great grandchildren Riley and Jaden Lumpkin and Cason Buckingham, many nieces, nephews and extended family, including stepmom Mabel Dobbin.
Preceded in death by his parents, stepdad Paul Dobbin and by his good friend, camping and fishing buddy, Leonard Hitchcock. Survived by his wife and children, brother Jack (Loretta) Buckingham and sister Rae (Don) Hauck. He was loved and will be greatly missed. 
At his request, no services are planned at this time. 

Published Jan. 18, 2012

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