Willard Bryant Buck, 91, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. He was born on August 29, 1921 in Hartford, Conn.
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Mr. Buck was a 1940 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vt. He received two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Aeronautical Engineering and one in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1946. Mr. Buck served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He started in ROTC and was admitted to the Advanced Corps, then sworn into the reserves in 1942. In March of 1943, Mr. Buck was called to active duty and completed basic training at Camp Wallace, Texas, then transferred to Army Specialized Training. After completing another quarter of college, he was admitted to OCS. The balance of his time as a first and second Lieutenant was in Air Material Command in New York. Mr. Buck, a lieutenant colonel, and a captain, were responsible for the complete overhaul of engine tear down and cleaning at Air Material Command in Rome, N.Y., for which Mr. Buck received a citation.
Mr. Buck was a 50 year member of Triangle Fraternity, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers and the Scottish Rite Masons. He was also a member of United Commercial Travelers and Pitt Golden K Kiwanis.
He is survived by his three children, Bryant Charles Buck of Freeport, Ill., Patricia Louise Crocker of Colonial Heights, Va. and Gretchen Marie Williams of Greenville; six grandchildren, Justin Bryant Buck, of Yorkville, Ill., Esther Buck Lodge of Freeport, Ill., John William Crocker III, of Arlington, Va., Elizabeth Louise Crocker of Minneapolis, Minn., Abigail Charise Williams, of Lombard, Ill. and Amy Elisabeth Williams, of Wheaton, Ill. He also leaves behind five great grandchildren, Regan Kathleen, Ryan Gregory and Sean Peyton Buck, Sasha Eliora, and Willow Adelaid Lodge.
A devoted father, Mr. Buck's family fondly remembers traveling together, sailing, camping trips and building projects.
Memorial service will be held at Cypress Glen Retirement Home on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Farmer Funeral Service.
You may e-mail condolences to farmerfuneralservice.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Dec. 28, 2012