Richard E. "Dick" Buckley, 66 of Glenwood, died Sept. 26, 2012, in St. Louis. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Holy Rosary Church, in Glenwood. Rev. Howard Fitzgerald and Rev. Vince Ohlinger officiated. A special prayer service was held at the church, Sept. 30, 2012. Interment was in the Glenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Holy Rosary Church or St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs. Peterson Mortuary of Glenwood was in charge of arrangements.
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Dick was born Sept. 10, 1946, in Earling, to Edward and Cecilia (Leinen) Buckley. He was baptized in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earling, where he later received his first communion and was confirmed. Dick attended St. Joseph Catholic Schools, graduating in 1964. He attended Commercial Extension, now Nebraska School of Business. After being drafted in the Army, he spent 16 months in Germany as a teletype communications operator until he was honorably discharged in 1968.
Dick married Jane Marie Ohlinger June 14, 1969, in Panama, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born, Jennifer and Brenda. He later attended Buena Vista University, graduating in 1986 with a degree in business with an emphasis on accounting. Dick was employed as an accountant with Empire Insurance. He was a faithful member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and was a former member of the Parish and Finance Council. Dick was a Eucharistic minister as well as a member of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus (Father O.L. Kaufman Council) and member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus (Archbishop Leo Arkfeld Council).
Dick was a diehard fan of Nebraska Cornhusker football, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. You would often see him at St. Albert sporting events where he was also a school board representative for Glenwood. He enjoyed attending church socials and family gatherings. Dick was meticulous in taking care of his yard and loved polka dancing with Jane. Dick gave of himself during his life and continued giving after his death with an organ, eye and tissue donation to the Mid America Transplant Service.
Preceding Dick in death was his daughter, Jennifer Buckley; father, Edward Buckley; brothers, Ronald and Robert Buckley. He is survived by his wife, Jane Buckley of Glenwood; daughter, Brenda Buckley and granddoggy, Allegra Buckley both of Fenton, Mo.; mother, Cecilia Buckley of Earling; brothers, Russell Buckley of Earling; and Rex and wife Irene Buckley of Harlan; sisters, Linda Buckley of Omaha, Neb.; and LuAnn Buckley of Earling; sister-in-law, Judy Buckley of Earling; extended relatives and many friends.
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Oct. 3, 2012