Robert Enloe Buckingham

Robert Enloe Buckingham

HOWARD: Robert Enloe Buckingham, age 80, of Howard, died peacefully on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home after a brief illness.

He was born on September 2, 1932 to Enloe and Florence Buckingham of Newark. On December 28th of this year, Bob would have celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his loving wife, Wilma (Barrick). Bob was a wonderful husband and father who spent his life putting his family first.

He is survived by his wife and four sons, Randy (JoAnn) and Jeff (Donna) both of Howard, Robert (Brenda) of Frazeysburg and Keith (Brenda) of Howard; two sisters, Doris (Harold) Carroll and Ruth (Jim) Clark both of Newark; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jim and John and a sister Mary.

In his early years Bob played 6-man football, baseball and was a stand out in basketball at Bladensburg High School, where he graduated. He led the county in scoring; averaging 18 points per game. He enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served his country proudly. An avid sports enthusiast, he coached many youth league teams in Newark and helped start junior high football at East Knox in 1974. Bob retired from General Electric in 1995 and had previously worked at Continental Can for several years. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Friends may call on Monday from 4:00 - 7:00PM at Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home, 212 N. Main St., Mount Vernon and one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00AM at the funeral home with Evangelist Dave Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with Military Graveside Honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eastern Star Home for their concern and care during Bob's passing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Millwood Church of Christ Building Fund, 11961 Bridge St., Howard, Ohio 43028.

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Published in the Advocate on Nov. 24, 2012