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Florian Frank Buckmeier

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Florian Frank Buckmeier Obituary
After an epic battle with cancer, Florian Frank Buckmeier, 68, formerly of Fairbanks, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at home, enjoying the company of family. He was born Oct. 27, 1949, the seventh of 12 children to Stonas (Stanley) and Hilda (Bruner) Buckmeier in Rugby, North Dakota.
Florian grew up in the area and attended Knox Public school. He joined the Job Corp his senior year in Bismarck, North Dakota. He worked hard and learned about life with his father and family out on the farm. In 1968, he moved to Seattle to work on the Great Northern Railroad and the Pacific Car Foundry, building box cars. On his 21st birthday, he flew to Fairbanks to help family and worked at Miller Machinery. In 1971, he returned home to help on the farm and work at the beet factory in Grand Forks, North Dakota. From 1972 to 1980, Florian lived in Denver, working for Rayson Purina. Then, for the next 10 years, he worked for Northern Improvement Company, doing road construction.
Wanting a change, Florian moved to Fairbanks, wondering why family found it so intriguing. In Alaska, he worked as a janitor and was a forklift operator for Fred Meyer stores. In his free time, he enjoyed the company of friends and family, playing pull tabs and bingo, and enjoying the great outdoors of Alaska, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his siblings, Janice (Alex) Haman and Arlan, of Fairbanks; Joyce Froelich and Virginia (Ralph) Henning, of Bismarck, North Dakota; Sylvia Kruger, of Ramsey, Minnesota; Mary Lou Vigesaa, of Altamont, Illinois; Stan (Kathy), of Fort Lupton, Colorado; Leland (Jane), of West Fargo; Lois (Larry) Signalness, of Watford City, North Dakota; and Allen, of Northglenn, Colorado. There are also many nieces and nephews who will miss their uncle very much. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jerome; and brothers-in-law, Robert Vigesaa and Richard Kruger.
A private family celebration of life will be held at burial in Rugby, North Dakota, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or the Cancer Treatment Center in Fairbanks. Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 6, 2017
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