Ricky Dean Buck

FEBRUARY 24, 1954 - DECEMBER 27, 2013
A loving, dedicated husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away from this life on December 27, 2013 at Hospice House in Hughson, CA.
Born to Harold & Doris Buck in Sacramento, CA. Ricky was a lifelong California resident spending most of his childhood in Rio Vista. While attending Rio Vista High he found his first love, running. A fierce and competetive runner, he held and broke many school records. By the time he was in his late 20's he had the Boston Marathon in his site. He ran the 1983 Boston Marathon in 3:18:06! He ran up until his late 30's and loved it very much. Learning his work ethics by watching his father, he was a hard working man all of his life. He was a grocer for 10 years before becoming a PG&E employee. At PG&E he was a pipe fitter and gas crew leader for 30 years!!
In November 1994, Ricky stalked and met the love of his life, Jamie. In October 2004, they happily married on the Knights Ferry Covered Bridge. Ricky loved family dinners, Mustangs, motorcycle, fishing, the ocean, cooking and making mouths happy with his "Papa Bucks BBQ Sauce." He and Jamie had a Super Bowl party for 16 years in a row.  Enjoying great friends, great food, and plenty of spirits was something he liked very much. Ricky was a former Modesto Dart League player and was a proud member of the Elks Lodge 1282. He and Jamie loved to go to Monterey, Avila Beach, Tahoe and Hawaii.
Ricky is survived by the love of his life, Jamie Buck (Hurley); son, Brian (Tracey) Buck; daughter, Michelle; brother, Roger (Jacie) Buck; sister-in-law, Dorian Hurley; grandsons, Brayden & Trevor; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold; mother Doris; stepmother, Barbara; and brother, Danny.
Ricky had a smile for everyone and was a generous, loving man. We will always remember his gentle spirit and warm heart. Ricky was loved by many and will be missed greatly.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Contact family for information.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice House.  

Published in the Modesto Bee from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, 2014