I am so sorry to hear of Bucky's passing. He was a great friend and I had no idea he had died until a few days ago. Bucky and I played baseball, track and football together for many years in Odessa. In 1972 we were running backs against our 1st string defense. It was a grueling task, as most of the defense weighed 225 lbs or more and they showed no mercy to either of us. We weighed in at about 150 lbs each. Permian won 13 straight games, 8 teams never scored. Our team won State Championship 1972 in Austin, Tx. Bucky was as tough as they came and loved to compete. We had re-lived those great times prior to his passing. I am deeply saddened and so sorry to have missed his funeral.
Words don't come easy. Bucky was the best of friends. He always had a big heart and made us laugh. He never knew a stranger. Steve looked forward to the phone ringing every weekday afternoon to "shoot the crap" with Bucky while he was stuck in Houston traffic. So many great memories that will live in our hearts forever!
Bucky my dear friend, you finished the race. You over exceeded your obligations to me as a frIend. I will always miss you! Hugo
I worked with Bucky. When my mom was struck with Stage 4 Bone Cancer, he told me how hard it was for him when his dad died. He showed me a ring on his finger that his dad had custom made. He treasured his dad's ring. He told me that getting old SUCKED because he was having to say good-bye to a bunch of great people in his life. Bucky cried with me that day as we both grieved for our loved ones. Now I am more present, when I'm spending time with people I care about. I only knew Bucky for a little over a year, but I felt like I had known him all my life. When I meet people for the first time, I'm always nervous. As soon as I met Bucky, those nerves never showed up. He was so approachable and could make someone feel so comfortable in nerve racking situations. I will always remember his words he said to me to help me deal with my family struggles and I carry them with me to this very day. He took great care of everyone here at WM Jones & Company and we miss him very, very much. My prayers are with his family. I feel your loss.
My wife and I knew Buckley from KOCV. We all had the time of our lives and he was a big part of making it fun. One of our radio family, Brian Wilson went on to fame and fortune with FOX News, the rest of us like Buckley went on with our lives but have always held those memories dear to our hearts. Our prayers are with the family.