Heaton Dickson BUCKLEY
1936 - 2015
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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.

Please visit boardmansmith.com to offer your condolences.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2015.
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March 2, 2015
Sally & Buckley sent a generous gift for our wedding in 2002. I knew him to be generous with his time and a person who helped me greatly as a friend. God bless his family and friends in time of sorrow.
Ellen & Thomas Robinson
February 28, 2015
Ann sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Steve Cowan
February 28, 2015
After meeting him at bridge, Dick became a good friend. Good humor and kind considerations were always with him. I'll miss lunch and his phone conversations.
Jerry Schuh
February 27, 2015
May the God of all comfort be with you at this time of grief. May all his memories stay close to your heart. Psalms 46 : 1 Joanna
February 27, 2015
Aunt Eileen, Ann, Mark, and Scott and families,
We were sorry to hear about the passing of your dad/Dick. I(Karen) was with a couple yesterday and they talked about what a generous, kind, and good man he was and how much they will miss him. He will always be thought of fondly, and contributed greatly to the community.
Karen & Rob Wagner
February 27, 2015
I played bridge with Dick. He was a fun person! I will miss his humor and good nature. Thursday bridge won't be the same without him.
Tom Ossowski
February 26, 2015
Rest in Peace Marine. Semper Fi.
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