Al Buck

Al Buck, age 83, of Holland, died Sunday, February 2, 2014, at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital.

Born in Farsund, Norway, at age 14, Al moved to the states to attend Irving Prep School in Tarrytown, N.Y.

In June of 1952, Al met his future wife, Joan aboard a ship to Norway. In July of 1953, they were married in New Rochelle, NY. That same year, he graduated from Utah State with a degree in Agriculture and Entomology.

Following his college years, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, then worked for Allied Chemical Company and moved to Michigan.

An avid sportsman and gifted musician, Al was known for encouraging local businesses to fly an American flag. He was proud to be an American and was thankful for the freedom we have. He also served as Post Adjutant in the American Legion Post 6 as well as carried the flag in the Color Guard and Drill Team.

A long-time member of Fellowship Reformed Church, Al helped support many youth groups in fundraising.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan; and children, Robin Buck of Tecoma Park, Maryland, Jay Buck of Holland, Nancy (Mark) Newhouse of Grand Junction, CO, Paul (Dana) Buck of Woodbury, CT, Elaine (Scott) Page of Holland; six grandchildren; brother, Ivar (Frieda) Buch of Austin, TX; and in-laws, Richard and Maryann Dietrichson of Richardson, TX; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Fellowship Reformed Church, 300 N. 168th with Revs. Marijke Strong and Jim Baar officiating.

Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 28, 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial gifts may be given to Fellowship Reformed Church Memorial Fund. Please visit to sign an online registry.

Funeral Home

Dykstra Funeral Homes Northwood Chapel
295 Douglas Ave Holland, MI 49424
(616) 392-2348

Published in The Holland Sentinel on Feb. 5, 2014