ELVASTON, Ill. -- Donald A. Buckert, 71, of Elvaston, died Saturday (April 6, 2013) in his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 17, 1942, in Keokuk, Iowa, a son of Lawrence "Lonnie" and Alice Behnke Buckert. He married Alice Mae Price on Jan. 1, 1965, in Elvaston Presbyterian Church, Elvaston. She survives in Elvaston.
Don graduated from Hamilton High School with the class of 1960. He attended Carthage College for two years and the University of Illinois
College of Pharmacy at Chicago, graduating in 1966. He was a member of Delta Omega Nu and served as president of the American Pharmaceutical Association Student Chapter from 1965-1966.
He started his pharmacy career at Keasling's Pharmacy in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1966. He then worked as director of pharmacy at St. Joseph Hospital in Keokuk where he implemented the unit dose system of delivering medication, which was new to hospitals and enhanced patient safety while decreasing medication errors. After the merger of the two hospitals in Keokuk, he was director of pharmacy and materials management at Keokuk Area Hospital until 1976. Don worked as director of pharmacy at Sacred Heart Hospital in Fort Madison, Iowa, that later became Fort Madison Community Hospital, from 1976 until his retirement in 2010. He continued to work part-time at the hospital and was honored for 35 years of service in 2011. Don enjoyed working most Saturdays at Glash Drug in Bushnell, Ill., for 34 years. He was a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and enjoyed attending annual mid-year conventions.
He served on the Elvaston town board from 1967 to 2003. Don was a long-time active member of the Elvaston Community Church (formerly Elvaston Presbyterian Church) in Elvaston. Over the years, he served as an elder on the board of session, taught Sunday school, was a member of the choir, and was treasurer for 32 years. He was always ready and willing to assist in any project in which the church was involved.
Community involvement included coaching Little League for four years. He was an avid sports fan and loved to watch football, basketball, baseball, and golf. One of his favorite joys was spending time with family and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports and activities. Don and Alice Mae were honored as Sports Boosters of the Year in 2005. He was a passionate St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers fan.
Don had a great love of the outdoors and nature, enjoying duck hunting, yard work and planting trees. He enjoyed beekeeping as a hobby. DoBry Apiaries started as a 4-H project with son Bryan in 1979 and grew into a well-known beekeeping business, producing some of the finest honey in the area.
Music was a big part of Don's life. He played trombone and was a long-time member of McNamara's Band and Hamilton Community Band, as well as various community orchestras. Don enjoyed traveling with family and friends, creating many wonderful memories.
In addition to his wife, other survivors include a daughter, Kimberly (John) Fox of Hamilton; a son, Bryan (Jill) Buckert of Hamilton; six grandchildren, Cole, Will and Megan Fox, Allyson and Bryce Buckert and Blake McGhghy, all of Hamilton; one sister, Deborah (Richard) Kropp of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Betty Price and Marilee (Pug) Price; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glenn and Elsie Price.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday in Elvaston Community Church, Elvaston, with Pastor Ronald Leonard conducting. Burial will be in Elvaston City Cemetery.
VISITATION: After 1 p.m. Thursday in the Printy Funeral Home, Carthage, with family present 5 to 8 p.m.
MEMORIALS: Elvaston Community Church or Hamilton Cardinal Foundation.
ARRANGEMENTS: Printy Funeral Home, Carthage.