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Dr. Richard S. Buker Jr.


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Dr. Richard S. Buker, Jr.

Chester - Dr. Richard S Buker, Jr.93, passed away June 29, 2018. He was born on July 18, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was born to Dr. Richard S. Buker, Sr and Minola Buker who would soon become missionaries in Burma. His formal education took place in Burma and India. He graduated from Stony Brook High School in Long Island, enrolled in Bates College and went on to graduate Yale University School of Medicine in 1948. At Bates College he met his future wife, Jean McEnaney, and they were married in 1946. From this union, two daughters were born.

Dr. Buker served at Clark Air Force Base Hospital in the Philippines and Travis Air Force Base Hospital in California from 1951-1954. Following these tours of active duty, he sought to establish a practice in a community where a doctor was badly needed, which led him to Chester, MT., where he would practice medicine for 48.5 years! He was named the National Rural Health Practitioner of the Year in 1992.

Although he resigned from active duty in the US Air Force prior to moving to Chester, Dr. Buker continued to serve his country as an active member of the United States Army Reserve for many years. He retired in 1981 with the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Buker was a civic leader and he took an active role in many organizations in the community and especially in his church. Some of these were Rotary Club, Liberty County Republican Party, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He served many terms on the Board of Chester Public Schools and was a board member of the Chester United Methodist church where he taught adult Sunday School for many years.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Elizabeth Buker Hoffman, his wife Jean McEnaney Buker, his parents and his brothers Robert and Gerald.

He is survived by daughter, Candace Buker Chang of Boston, and grandchildren Jean Elizabeth Kinsella, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Daniel, Benjamin, David, Rebecca, and Rachel Hoffman, Anne Oumarou and Sarah Wood as well as by his adoptive family Kim Nguyen, Christina Nguyen-Jones, Lenny and Vince Cole and seventeen great grandchildren. His neighbor and close friend, Gary Jensen, was at his side as a business manager, friend and confidant until his passing.

A "Celebration of Life" Service will be held at the Chester United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 18th at 11 o'clock AM. The service will also be streamed live to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chester. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall at Our Savior's Lutheran Church immediately following the service. Memorials may be given to the R. S. Buker, Jr. Scholarship Fund in care of High-Line Health Foundation in Chester or donor's choice.

Condolences can be made to Richard's memorial page at www.asperfh.com.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 12, 2018
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