John Buckingham

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Iowa City - John G Buckingham, 83, of Iowa City, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics following a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 30, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Lensing's Oak Hill in Coralville. A wake service will be held at 7:30 pm Thursday. Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, July 31, 2009 at 10:00am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City with Reverend Jeff Belger officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 29, 2009 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Lensing's Oak Hill in Coralville. Burial will be at 12:45 pm at Oak Hill Cemetery in Coralville with military graveside rites by the Coralville American Legion.
John was born August 3, 1925 in Independence, Iowa, The son of Herbert & Caroline (Johnson) Buckingham. In 1943, John graduated from Burlington High School and joined the Navy with his father. He served in both WWII and the Korean War. On November 25, 1950 he married Wilma Sand at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa. John was a mail carrier in Iowa City for many years. Following his retirement, he worked for University of Iowa Hospital with Safety & Security. He was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 721 in Coralville, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, VFW, and the Catholic Order of the Foresters. He was a volunteer with the Coralville Fire Dept for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife Wilma of Coralville, son, Charles Buckingham (Kimberly) of Walford, IA, daughters Patricia Buckingham and Carla Buckingham (Thomas O'Connor), and son James Buckingham, all of Coralville; grandchildren, Patrick and Sarah Buckingham, Erin and Casey O'Connor, Elizabeth and Anna Buckingham; and special friend Betty Calcote and her family, sons Mark and Scott Calcote, and daughters Robin Gonzalez and Judy Terry.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son Jack, and Aunt Margaret Dunn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Coralville Fire Dept., Solon First Responders/Fire Dept, Lantern Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Wii Fund) and St. Mary's Church.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2009