Heaton Dickson Buckley
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Heaton Dickson Buckley, 78, of Springfield, passed away on Feb. 18, 2015, at his residence.
Dick was born May 28, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to Edgar Heaton and Jane Dickson Buckley. He attended Hay-Edwards Grade School and graduated high school from the U.S. House of Representatives Page School. He attended Knox College and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from Illinois State University. Before attending ISU, he served in and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. He was named a Ford Fellow by the University of Illinois and was awarded an NDEA fellowship to pursue his PhD at the University of Rochester.
In 1962, he married Eileen Marie Wagner, with whom he had three children. In 1989, Dick remarried Sally Wood Cox.
Dick served on the staff of Senator W. Russell Arrington and worked closely with leaders in Illinois state government in his role as legislative liaison for the Dept. of Mental Health and the Dept. of Public Aid. Dick retired from the Illinois Dept. of Aging.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Hollem Buckley; and by his second wife, Sally.
He is survived by his first wife, Eileen; his daughter, Ann (husband, Brian) Turner of Moore, S.C.; sons, Mark (wife, Betsy) Buckley of Brookfield, Ill., and Scott (wife, Lori) Buckley of Chicago, Ill.; seven grandchildren: Nick, Jake and Cole Turner, Whit and Finn Buckley, and Mallory and Sammy Buckley; one brother, Stephen (wife, Ann) Buckley of San Clemente, Calif.; and two nephews.
Dick loved playing bridge, golfing, listening to jazz, and reading. Dick hated the liberal media and TV broadcasters who used poor grammar.
Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.
Memorial Gathering and Ceremony: Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Boardman-Smith Funeral Home, 800 S. Grand Ave. West, Springfield, with the Rev. Dr. Gregory A. Tournoux officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the charitable organization of your choice.
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