Frank Raymond Bucko

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Mr. Frank Raymond Bucko
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - Mr. Frank Raymond Bucko, 97, entered into rest on January 10, 2015 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by his surviving children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
His funeral service will be held at 2:30 on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in the Rowland Funeral Home Chapel. Father David Whitman of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pineview Memorial Gardens.
Frank was born May 6, 1917 in Keystone, West Virginia to Augustina and Michael Bucko. He grew up in War, West Virginia and graduated from Big Creek High School before going on to complete his education with a degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) in 1943. Frank worked his way through VPI as a coal miner in the West Virginia mines. He went on to serve his country during WWII as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Immediately following WWII, he began working as an engineer for DuPont in their Bell Plant in Charleston, WV. There he met the love of his life, Betty Dunn, who became his wife of 64 years at his death. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Bucko resided in Wilmington, Delaware before moving to North Augusta, SC where they spent the majority of their life. Frank retired from the Savannah River Plant location of DuPont in 1976 after 30 years of service. In 2006, Frank and Betty relocated to Irmo, SC where he lived until his death. He was a devout Christian and a member of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church in Columbia, SC.
Frank was a true gentleman, and will be remembered by those who love him for many things: his integrity and strength of character, his warmth, his compassion, his gentle spirit, his generosity, his patience, his unselfish attitude, his humor, his keen mind and memory, his love of travel, old movies, cooking and gardening, but most of all, his love of family. Frank's family was always, throughout his life and in every instance, his highest priority. When asked on film by his grown grandchildren to provide one piece of advice he wanted to give to future generations, he said simply, "love your family"; Frank could not have been a better role model. He was a beloved husband, daddy and poppop to his family, who will miss him and try to make him proud.
We are comforted that Frank is with God and family who preceded him in death, his beloved parents, Mike and Augustina, and his siblings, Michael Bucko, Kate Miley, Mary Adams, Paul Bucko, Margaret Bucko, Ann Bucko and Cel Chudina. He is survived by his wife Betty, his three daughters and their spouses, Susie Bucko Wilson and Chris Wilson, Linda Bucko Motley and Robert Motley and Lisa Bucko Kennedy and Ralph Kennedy; his seven grandchildren, Jennifer Wilson, Sharon Wilson Robitaille, Stephanie Motley, Michael Wilson, Kristina Motley Bennett, Rob Motley, Carlisle Kennedy and Laura Kennedy; six great grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 8, as well as loving nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
The family would like to thank all those who provided loving care to Frank during the last stages of his illness, especially the dedicated caregivers and hospice staff at Agape Harbison.
Pallbearers will be Michael Chudina, Kelly Dunn, Rob Motley, Carlisle Kennedy, Jon Bennett, Tim Robitaille and Michael Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:30 until 2:30 PM on the day of the service.
Memorials may be made to the .

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Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Jan. 14, 2015
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