James J. Buckley(1924 - 2013)

JAMES J. BUCKLEY ILLINOIS/WHITING

James J. Buckley, 89 of Crystal Lake, IL, formerly of Whiting, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Crystal Lake. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Jane (Kowalczyk) Buckley who passed away June 29, 2002; loving father of Timothy Francis (Rose) Buckley of Crystal Lake, IL and Mary Kay (Thomas J.) Von Rueden of New Berlin, WI; cherished grandfather of Meghan (Greg) Dejlitko, Sarah (Michael) Bush, Shannan (Brian) McNamara, Katherine (Joseph) Von Roedler, Daniel (Jamie) Von Rueden and Timothy Von Rueden; adoring great grandpa of Catherine and Charles Dejlitko, late Piper Dejlitko, James Bush, Daniel McNamara, William and Elise Roedler and Anna Von Ruede; dearest uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by brothers: Thomas and John “Jack” Buckley; and sisters: Mary McNamara, Noreen “Nony” Kasper, Margaret “Marge” Sandrick, Julia “Jule” Herakovich, Catherine “Kitty” Chrustowski, and Theresa “Tess” Mullaney. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Whiting with the Rev. Stanley J. Dominik officiating. Interment, St. Joseph Cemetery, Hammond. Visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Jim Buckley was born on January 15, 1924 in Whiting, Indiana to Daniel and Catherine (Slattery) Buckley and was a longtime Whiting resident. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Whiting, the Knights of Columbus, Pope John XXIII Council 1696 (prayers Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.), and was a graduate of Whiting High School, Class of 1942. Jim was a WWII Navy veteran and a life member of the American Legion, Whiting Post 80 (memorial service, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.). He was a graduate of St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, IN, Class of 1948. Jim began his teaching career at Catholic Central (Bishop Noll) in 1948 where he also coached baseball and was the assistant football coach, taking the team to a state championship. Jim was a teacher, coach, and administrator at Whiting High School from 1956 to 1975, and was an administrator at the Highland Public Schools from 1975 to 1985. He was elected to the Whiting School Board in 1986 and served four consecutive four year terms, serving as its president in 1989, 1992, 1997 and 2000. He was a member of the ISBA and NSBA and in 1967 had his own half hour television program, “Survey Sports” in the Calumet Region, which at the time was the only high school television in the state. Through the years, Jim received many awards and commendations for professional and community service including the Diocesan Athletic Director of the Year, 1965; a Fellow in 1966 and the Alumni Service Award in 1977 from St. Joseph College; Boss of the Year, Lake County, IN, 1972; Community Service Award, Lake County Association for the Retarded, 1974. He was a life member of the Whiting BPOE, Lodge 1273 (memorial service Wednesday 7:30 p.m.) and was a past Exulted Ruler. Jim received the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award in 1993 for Outstanding and Meritorious Service to Humanity. In Jim’s honor, the School City of Whiting founded the Buckley Wall of Fame to honor Whiting High School graduates who have gone above and beyond. In 1977, Jim received the Friendly Sons of Erin “Shamrock Award” which stated: “His dedication to the education of our youth and his leadership in the activities of his church and his community have earned for him the highest esteem. He is a credit to his profession, his religion, his country and his Irish Ancestors.” Jim loved all sports and was an avid golfer. He really enjoyed his canine grandkids but was most proud to be grandpa and great grandpa. Devoted to his family, Jim will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home for Girls, East Chicago, IN would be appreciated. www.baranfh.com (219) 659-4400

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1235 119Th St Whiting, IN 46394
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Published in The Times from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2013