STANLEY J. BUCKLES, 89 ROCKFORD - Stanley J. Buckles, 89, of Rockford, died at 6:18 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in SwedishAmerican Medical Center. Born Nov. 23, 1924, in Viroqua, Wis., the son of Victor M. and Ruth L. (Farr) Buckles. Attended East High School in Madison, Wis., where he enjoyed playing tennis, running track, writing for the school newspaper, and participating in the Latin Club and Debate Team. He claimed he and his friend, Genevieve, were better at debating than Hillary and Obama. Hoping to become a Latin professor, Stan attended the University of Wisconsin
, Madison on a $25/semester scholarship. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he decided to enlist in the military. Stan received training for anti-aircraft combat, engineering, and journalism, and traveled throughout the Mojave Desert, England, and France as part of the 5th Armored Infantry Battalion in the 11th Armored Division. As part of General Patton's third army in Europe, they traveled through Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany, and received the Infantry Rifleman's Badge of Honor for Valorous Conduct. After returning from the war, Stan resumed his university studies, changing from Latin to journalism. He earned his first job as a script writer for UW radio WHA after winning a national award from Ohio State University
for his original radio drama about nuclear warfare. His first newspaper job was in Portage, Wis. from 1951-52. He then moved to Rockford to work as a journalist
and editorial writer for the Rockford Morning Star and later the Rockford Register Star, retiring in 1990 after 50+ years of service. In 1984 he won the Gannet Prize for feature writing for his weeklong series about the recovery and difficulties faced by an airplane crash/burn survivor called "The Martha Bremner Story." Stan is predeceased by his parents; sister, Catherine Buckles Uselman; and close, personal friend and companion over the years, Helen A. Johnson. He is survived by his nieces, Julie (Rob) Wold of Hartland, WI, Kathy (Ron) Anderson of Tempe, AZ, Ruth Dorn of San Diego, CA, and Sharon Uselman of Chicago; grand nephews, Christopher and Geoffrey Wold, and Ben Anderson; grand niece, Lydia Anderson; Helen A. Johnson's nieces and nephews, Tom Hallock, John (Mary) Hallock Jr., Jane (Bill Wolford) Hallock and Martha Muller; and long-time pals, Martha Howard Manning and J.J. Manning, Martha's parents Dr. and Mrs. John Howard, Martha's children, Nat, Laney, and Katie Bremner; and Wendy Perks Fisher, and Roger and Lily Fisher. Private family services will be held. Stan was a lover of all the arts, especially visual, so in lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Rockford Art Museum. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com
or mail them c/o Olson Funeral Home, 1001 2nd Ave, Rockford, IL 61104.