Edward Buck, 88, formerly of Payette, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at his son John's home in Emmett.
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Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette. Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation was Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. at Shaffer-Jensen in Payette.
Ed was born April 13, 1919 in Adams, Wis., the youngest of five children born to Claud and Della Buck. His mother passed away shortly after he was born and he was cared for by relatives for the first few years of his life. After his father was married to Clara Smith, the family settled near Iola, Kan.
Farming was not good in Kansas, during the dust bowl days so in 1936 the family moved to Marsing, Idaho and then to Caldwell where his parents established a mom and pop grocery store at Fifth and Chicago in Caldwell. Ed worked on farms and packing sheds as a teenager.
In 1939, he married Eugenia Allison; a son Duane was born to this union. They were later divorced. In 1941 he began dating Wyvena Larson. In 1942 he went to work for Idaho Meat Pack and later that year he was drafted into the Army, but only served a few months before he was discharged because of an ankle injury when he was a teenager. He was discharged and returned home to work as a butcher with Idaho Meat Pack.
On December 5, 1942 he was married to Wyvena. They lived in Caldwell until 1955 when the family moved to Payette, where he worked for many years at Wells & Davies Meat Packing Plant. After the plant closed, he drove truck for Weiser Feed and Storage until he retired.
After retirement he spent his days fishing, hunting, much of it with his friend, Robert Baker. His hunting highlight was when he shot a moose when he was 70 years old.
Ed was also the neighborhood watchdog, helping his neighbors whenever they needed help. He enjoyed his first snowblower by going around the block and clearing the sidewalks. He also was active with the Payette Senior Center for many years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald, his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife of almost 65 years, Wyvena of Emmett; four sons, Duane and Charlene of Woodward, Okla., Frank and Virginia of Idaho Falls, Idaho, John and Joan of Emmett and Tom and Ida, also of Emmett; daughter-in-law, Susan Buck of Lebanon, Ore.; 20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; his sister, Ethel Claussen of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the staff of Care At Home and XL Hospice for their kindness and care. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to XL Hospice, 1015 S. Johns Ave., Emmett, ID 83617.
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Nov. 22 to Dec. 22, 2007