Frank Edward Buck(1917 - 2014)

Frank Edward Buck


Frank Edward Buck, 96, of Salinas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, with his family by his side. He was born May 7, 1917, in Fargo, N.D.

He graduated from Fargo High School and North Dakota State University.

While serving in the US Navy during World War II he studied meteorology at the California Institute of Technology in preparation for his active duty service in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. He retired as a Commander after 20 years in the Naval Reserve.

He began his career in Boy Scouting in Duluth, MN and also worked in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Vallejo, as a Scout executive. In 1968, he moved with his family to Salinas as the Executive of the Monterey Bay Area Council. He retired in 1979 after 39 years in Scouting. Later he was Executive Director for the Old Town Association of Salinas.

He served his community as a 40 year member of the Salinas Rotary Club and as board member and ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Sons in Retirement, Masons, Shriners, Scottish Rite, First Presbyterian Church and Elks. He was wine steward for the Steinbeck House.

At the age of 60, he earned his private pilot license. For many years he acted as a Marshall in the Crosby Golf Tournament. He will be remembered for his daily jokes and his ability to tell a funny story. He could lasso, perform magic and blow the bugle.

Frank was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Catherine, and by his daughter, Cay Wiant.

He is survived by his daughters, Marjorie Barnett and husband Bill, Virginia Apt, Joanne Buck; son-in-law, Jon Wiant; grandchildren, Greg and Doug Barnett, Meg and Teddy Wiant, Jason and Jeremy Apt, Michael and Michelle McCall, and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Padre Drive, Salinas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Boy Scouts of America.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

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Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
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Published in The Salinas Californian from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2014