Major (Ret) Richard 'Buck' Buckingham entered into eternal peace on Sunday, August 11, 2013, in Barcis, Italy.
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Buck was born on January 13, 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Dorothy Buckingham. He graduated from Roy J. Wasson High School in Colorado Springs in 1969 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corp. Later he was commissioned into the USAF as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1975 upon graduation from the University of Colorado. He also attended the University of South Dakota receiving an MBA. He faithfully served his country for 20 years retiring as an Air Force Major in 1993.
He married Melanie J. McGuire in March 1998 and together they bought their Italian home in Barcis, Italy and were together for over 20 years. Buck was an attentive son and brother, proud father, a best friend to many and a loving husband. He was a kind and gentle soul with a loving generous heart who was devoted to his wife, family, friends, and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his father, Edward Buckingham in 1963.
He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his mother, Dorothy Farthing, his loving wife, Mel, his sister, Victoria, his son, Alexander, his daughter, Jennifer, adopted son, Christian, ten wonderful grandchildren; Andrew, Philip, Taylor, Jessie, Samantha, Britney, Caitlyn, Sarah, Halle and Jackson and many members of his extended family, military comrades and best friends for life.
Services will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Fort Logan VA Cemetery, Denver Colorado at 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO 80236, then at the Holiday Inn, 7390 W. Hampden at Wadsworth, Lakewood, Colorado 80227, where a memorial reception will be celebrated at 3:00 pm.
Flowers may be sent to the Holiday Inn for the memorial reception. Donations in memory of Buck may also be made to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published in The Gazette on Sept. 1, 2013