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December 7, 1942 -
January 16, 2017
Resident of Richmond, CA - Gary Buckingham passed away on January 16th, beloved husband of May Buckingham, stepfather to Keith (May) and Ellen Narasaki, cherished grandfather to Kimiye and Cody Miles and Keiko Narasaki
Gary was born to Richard and Ione Buckingham in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Kay. Gary's family moved to La Porte, IN where he completed high school and continued his education where he received his BS at Purdue University. Gary moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he earned his PHD in Entomology from UC Berkeley in 1973.
Gary's career with the USDA spanned 30 plus years where he spent 7 years based out of Rome directing bio control (use of insects) research to control the spread of undesirable weeds. Gary and May moved to and lived in Gainesville for 25 years where he conducted studies on methods to control the spread of Water Hyacinth and Melaleuca. Through his career Gary completed numerous papers and publications highlighting his studies. His research took him abroad to Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Greece, India, Austria, China, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. The travel fit in well with Gary's interests in collecting antiques, experiencing foreign cultures, food and especially deserts. Gary was an avid photographer and usually had his camera ready to capture interesting shots of 'bugs', nature, antiquity and people.
Gary's pleasant, generous and engaging personality will be missed by family and friends.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2017
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