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William Gerald "Jerry" Buck

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William Gerald "Jerry" Buck Obituary
William (Jerry) Buck died peacefully in Los Angeles, surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, one of five children of Harold C. Buck and Dorothy Melville Buck. Jerry graduated from La Grange High and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948, serving two years in Occupied Japan. He then returned to Lake Charles and attended McNeese State College from 1950-1953. While a student, he became a staff writer for the Lake Charles American Press. He was a member of the Army ROTC and joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, serving at Fort Benning, Georgia. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Lake Charles and worked at the American Press until he joined the Associated Press in 1960. He worked at the Richmond, Virginia Bureau as a general news reporter, until he was promoted to Entertainment Reporter and transferred to New York. In 1971 he was transferred to Los Angeles, and continued to write columns covering the television industry until his retirement in 1992. During those years, he was one of the most-widely read columnists in the world, known for his dry wit and strong ethics. After retiring from the AP, he wrote and published several novels. Jerry married the love of his life, Carol Ann Boese in 1953, having known her since the first grade. Together they raised five children. Jerry is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Nancy Huggins and companion Scott Smith, son Douglas Buck and his wife Karen Buck, daughter Susan Buck, son Scott Buck and his wife Dianna Buck, daughter Robin Donart and her husband Scott Donart, sister Patsy Kuehle and husband Willi Kuehle, as well as ten grandchildren and step grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 30, 2016
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