Buckless, Theodore Gerald 7/7/1929 - 5/22/2020 Ann Arbor On Friday, May 22, 2020, T. Gerald Buckless(Jerry), Jr., loving husband, father, son, and brother, passed away peacefully, in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 90. Jerry was born in Providence, Rhode Island to Theodore and Florence (Mansfield)Buckless on July 7, 1929. Jerry grew up in Rhode Island and attended Barrington High School where he excelled at both sports and academics. After graduation he entered the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. To his regret, he was not able to finish his graduate studies at the Academy and instead returned to Rhode Island and obtained a degree in Business from Bryant University, Providence, R.I. After college graduation, Jerry married his first wife, Mary (Orth) Buckless and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was stationed at Camp Le Jeune in N.C. While living in N.C., he developed a love for the south and warm weather. After completing his military service, Jerry and Mary returned to Rhode Island and Jerry began a 30 year career with Amica Insurance. During his career, Jerry moved from R.I. with his growing family to Guilderland, N.Y. and eventually to Michigan where he managed the Ann Arbor office. After retiring from Amica, he turned his never-ending entrepreneurial spirit towards becoming a successful Realtor. Eventually, the call of the Carolinas led Jerry and Mary to Bluffton, S.C., where they enjoyed life together until Mary's death in January, 2002. On June 22, 2003 Jerry married Roseanne (Mullen) Buckless and the adventures continued. Jerry was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Jerry had a great deal of integrity and was never afraid to speak his mind. He also had a strong desire to serve others. Jerry belonged to the Ann Arbor, Michigan Rotary Club, was a Deacon of the Episcopal Church in Brighton, belonged to the Lions Club, delivered Meals on Wheels, and became an avid U of M sports fan. He rarely missed a football or basketball game during his over 30 years in Michigan. Jerry had a passion for politics at a time when politicians weren't so partisan. He was respected by fellow politicians regardless of their political affiliations. Jerry toyed with the idea of running for the state legislature while in N.Y. but, was unable to fulfill this dream at that time, as he prioritized family over political endeavors. After moving to Michigan he reentered politics. He was County Commissioner for Green Oak Township and served as Assistant Director on the Livingston County Board of Health. Jerry developed strong and meaningful friendships, not only with his colleagues, but also with the people in the community he served. Jerry loved life and all it had to offer. He was always ready for fun and adventure. He was a determined individual, who worked to be the best in all he endeavored. He had a passion for history and loved sharing events he felt people needed to be aware of, especially with regards to family history. Jerry kept you on your toes with his practical jokes and playful sense of humor. He was a father who loved to play with his children, which was perhaps. his greatest legacy. He was a great dancer and could clear the floor dancing with his partner. Jerry also loved to travel, and as early as the age of 14, he hopped on a fishing boat headed to Cuba without alerting his parents. His interest in travel continued until he eventually was slowed down by Dementia. Jerry is survived by his wife Roseanne (Mullen)Buckless, Phoenixville, PA, his brother Ron(Bitsy) Buckless, Palm Bay, FLA, sister Joyce Patterson, Barrington, RI, children Patty(John) Zeichman, Ann Arbor, MI, Martha(Jim) Split, Green Bay, WI, Ted Buckless, Brighton, MI, Frank(Mary) Buckless, Raleigh, NC, Melissa(Rob) Manaker, Alexandria, VA, Mary Frances Buckless, Bluffton, SC, Bruce(Andi) Buckless, Anderson, SC, Step-daughters Diane Mullen, King of Prussia, PA, Sherri Mullen, Coatsville, PA, 20 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many dearly loved nieces, nephews, and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife Mary (Orth)Buckless and his daughter Faith E. Welch. During the current state of our world, Jerry's body has been cremated at Shelters Funeral Home - Swarthout Chapel and will be sent to Bluffton, S.C. for burial. A memorial/celebration of Jerry's life will take place at a future date. Jerry is now at peace in heaven with our Lord and loved ones that preceded him in death. Although his goal was to live to 100, it would have been difficult to attain, as he always said he was "29 and holding." Jerry often talked about what an amazing life he had and what a wonderful family he had been blessed with. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer's Association or Meals On Wheels. Shelters Funeral Home - Swarthout Chapel
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Published in Ann Arbor News from May 23 to May 24, 2020.