Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens
Alvis Edgar 'Buck' Owens Alvis Edgar 'Buck' Owens was born August 12, 1929 in Sherman, Texas, the eldest son of A. E. and Maicie Azel Ellington Owens, and passed away at his ranch just north of Bakersfield, California, on March 25, 2006, at the age of 76 of heart failure. A true child of the Dust Bowl, Buck's family worked as Texas sharecroppers with just the bare necessities and few frills except for music. "As long as I can remember," he once recalled, "we always had a piano around the house. And Mama would sit and play all the old hymns and we'd sing with her." A trip to California in 1937 ended in Phoenix where, eventually, the Owens family settled in Mesa, Arizona. Married in 1948 to Bonnie Campbell, the two became parents with the arrival of sons Alan Edgar (Buddy) and Michael Lynn. Buck moved his young family to Bakersfield in 1951, close enough to Los Angeles for him to find work as a studio musician by day and still play the legendary Bakersfield honky-tonks at night. In 1956 Buck married Phyllis Buford with whom he had a son, Johnny Dale. In 1957, just two weeks after Buck's 28th birthday, he was signed to Capitol Records by producer Ken Nelson and began a quick rise to stardom via a torrent of releases on the label. Starting in 1963, Buck had a string of 26 consecutive number one records. Buck was named Capitol Records Artist of the Decade concurrent with the placement of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1963, Buck started his first of many media ventures, which included radio, television and print publications. He hosted his own nationwide television show "Buck Owens' Ranch" from 1966 to 1973, and later co-hosted the enormous ever-popular television series, "Hee Haw", from 1969 to 1986. Following the death of his friend and lead guitarist Don Rich in 1974, Buck concentrated his efforts on his radio stations in Bakersfield and Phoenix, and married the former Jennifer Smith in 1979. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received The Academy of Country Music Pioneer Award. About that time, he fulfilled a long-time dream with the opening of the Crystal Palace museum and restaurant in Bakersfield. Buck's influence on country music can be heard in today's young crop of stars. Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart and countless others carried his torch and introduced his music to new generations. Buck Owens was preceded in death by his father A.E. 'Dad" Owens; mother Maicie; brother Melvin Owens; and sisters Mary McKinney and Dorothy Owens. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his son Buddy and wife Katy; son Michael and wife Kristin; and son John. Seven grandchildren: Paul, Doug, Amy, Jennifer, Brent, Demi, and Corbet. Three great grandchildren: Macy, Jake and Hailee. Nephew Mel Owens Jr. and wife Diana; nephew Larry Owens and wife Jan, niece Sandra Petty and husband Nathan, niece Nita Agee and husband Ray, niece Raejean McKinney, nephew Keith McKinney and wife Gaile, and niece Kim Owens. Also grieving are numerous great nephews and nieces, countless friends and millions of admirers and fans worldwide. A public visitation at the Crystal Palace will be held Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be a public funeral service on Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Avenue. By Buck's wishes, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Buck's name to the S.P.C.A., 3000 Gibson, Bakersfield, California 93308 Often at the end of an interview, Buck was asked how he'd like to be remembered. He said, "I'd like to be remembered as a guy that came along, did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs and had a hell of a time".

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Published by The Arizona Republic on Mar. 31, 2006.
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Family tree down the line Buck Owens related to my great grandpa George Washington Owens which my grandma Eunice Owens
Brenda
Family
May 30, 2021
One of my fondest memories of my involvement with country music remains the many Friday (or was it Saturday?) nights spent at the old Fresno Barn where Buck and Don Rich & the gang would play. Other upcoming stars who also played there include Johnny Cash, George Jones and many more. GOOD TIMES!
jim aldrich
December 22, 2020
Sitting here in front of the TV watching HEE HAW. I have watched these shows for the past forty years or so. Never get enough of Buck’s singing and performing. One of the best. RIP Buck, your legacy goes on.
Earl David Cash
Friend
December 9, 2020
Miss him forever.
September 8, 2020
I remember my older brother playing Buck Owens music on his guitar, when he was in the army the radio played songs from home and we had them play Tiger By the Tail for him. I used to play the 45’s on the old record player and sing along every word. Always loved Buck’s music and watching him on Hee Haw. He will always be a part of my childhood memories.
Debbie Edmondson
Friend
July 26, 2020
he was a kind friend to me.
sue curtis
Friend
May 15, 2020
kind friend
sue curtis
Friend
May 15, 2020
In my younger days I played guitar and sang in a seven piece touring Showband 1965/1973..I owe my musical influence to Buck Owens
Mike McDonald
Grand Parent
May 13, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
sue curtis
Neighbor
February 24, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
sue curtis
Neighbor
February 24, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
February 24, 2020
love you buck owen
sue curtis
Neighbor
February 24, 2020
love his music and his sining
sue curtis
Family
February 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
sue curtis
Neighbor
February 24, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
sue curtis
Friend
February 24, 2020
you will be love by other
sue curtis
Friend
February 24, 2020
rest in peace buck love you
sue curtis
Family
February 24, 2020
buck was the best singer ever
sue curtis
Friend
February 24, 2020
that i love him
sue curtis
Family
February 24, 2020
that i miss him so much
sue curtis
Friend
February 24, 2020
i love you buck and don rich. forever
jackie r liapes
September 28, 2019
BUCK OWENS R I P IN HEAVEN AMEN❤❤❤ I HAVE WATCHED AND RECORDED HEE HAW I MISS HIM DEARLY SO MANY YEARS ON T V GOD BLESS YA ❤❤❤! !!!
SHERRY SMITH
March 3, 2019
BUCK OWENS R I P IN HEAVEN AMEN❤❤❤! !!! I HAVE WATCHED H E E H A W SO MANY YEARS IT'S BEEN ON T V MISS HIM DEARLY GOD BLESS YA ❤❤❤! !!!
SHERRY SMITH
March 3, 2019
He Haw was my all time favourite show whilst living in the States. Great man, big loss to Country music. Thanks for the memories.
Jo Stevenson
August 21, 2018
I love to listen to Bucks songs even today.RIP
LAVON HARVEY
May 27, 2018
Kimberly Koch
April 2, 2018
Sorry For Your Loss!
Thomas & Libby Widgeon
January 31, 2018
You are truly a blessing, your music will live on for ever...... your guitar is even ledgendary. R.I.P. buck, you are surely missed
Barry Emmett
January 27, 2018
Love you Great Grandpa Buck!
Naomi Owens
October 22, 2017
I love you Buck!!! You made a difference in my life!!!!
Robert Hansen
August 13, 2017
Andrew Lisenby
July 24, 2017
Rest in peace Mr. Buck Owens. You were one of the greatest.
Sheila Forman
July 11, 2017
Great performer watched him on hee haw.
Pam Farley
May 28, 2017
Still watching and enjoying Hee Haw from time-to-time, Buck. Really enjoy it. Everyone on that show looked like they were having a real fun time doing it.
Roy Clark is one of the most talented string instrument players ever! Hope I get to meet him one day.
Donna Baker
May 17, 2017
Louise Stanfield
March 30, 2017
Im a fan from days of old.
Sandra Williams
March 3, 2017
RIP Mr. Owens
John Heer
February 26, 2017
Buck Love your songs watched all kinds of country singers Like Johnny cash Loretta Lynn Charles pride to will always be in are hearts one song I will always loves is you ain't going too have old buck too kick around no more R I p Buck an God be with the family
Leonard h an Michelle R Hall
February 19, 2017
Buck Owens Love the tunes and watching hee haw now the memories you left for all too enjoy you had a lot of good singers on yr show like Johnny cash Charlie pride Loretta Lynn and maney more Rest in peace Buck
Leonard h
February 19, 2017
DEAREST BUCK : I REMEMBER WATCHING YOU ON HEE HAW AND I SAW IT EVERY WEEK. WE WILL ALL MISS YOU. I MISS YOU TOO. MY CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE BUCKAROO !
BETTYANN CAPOGRECO
January 12, 2017
Loved Buck we saw him many times never be another like him RIP.
Jeanette Hensley
November 19, 2016
Love is living here buck again
RIP
First Namephilip Last Name shelnut
October 15, 2016
je n'ai pas connu les chanson de buck owens avant
de puis 3 semaine je les ecoute avec merle haggard
bravo des chanson magnifique
merci
reposee en paix avec merle haggard
laurent
dihal laurent
October 2, 2016
i will never forget his singing
charlene porter
September 12, 2016
Buck Owens was one of the greats! I watch Hee Haw reruns all the time. I love watching the crew! He is missed.
Elaine McDaniel
August 20, 2016
I all ways loved to watching Hee Haw every Saturday evening. Love watching you and Roy Clark picking and Grinning . Buck Owens was a very great performer. Thank You .Rest in peace Buck.
Thomas Thacker
August 14, 2016
I all ways loved to watching Hee Haw every Saturday evening. Love watching you and Roy Clark picking and Grinning . Buck Owens was a very great performer. Rest in peace Buck.
Thomas Thacker
August 14, 2016
Valenda Newell
July 8, 2016
Always in our HEARTS. One of the greats
Gypsie Halberg
May 2, 2016
A legend. Great memories. Great music
Michael Chavez
March 31, 2016
Better late then never, sitting here now listening to to Dwight does Buck, love it. Never missed Hee Haw either. You were the best, rest in peace with your tunes entertaining everyone up there.
Bonnie Colp
February 24, 2016
May you play up in heaven with the rest of the family!! I can hear them spoons on the knees of each of us kids, as we all grew up knowing and loving you all!!
From Granddaughter of Clifford O.G. Owens. God bless you!
Regina Delgado-Hankins Owens
December 3, 2015
He was a great entertainer, singer and writer. He will be greatly missed
Richard Girard
December 2, 2015
Daniel 2.44.es la promesa que esperamos todos
November 3, 2015
Remembering the great times at the Crystal Palace got to see Brad Paisley there with buck in the buckaroos great show still on my mind !! Rest in peace BUCK
Fred
September 11, 2015
Rip buck
frank pedrick
August 25, 2015
R.I.P
Deborah Henson
July 5, 2015
Rest in Peace... You were my husband's favorite singer. We watched your show every week..
Joanne Peterson
June 15, 2015
Buck was country god bless Buck Tonight performing at honky-tonk heaven Mr Buck Owens thanks buck
June 7, 2015
U rock buck on your tours
william belich
June 6, 2015
U were greatest singer ever 2005
william belich
June 6, 2015
i wish i got to know you because you are family i am 14 i lised to your music all the time
brittany hopkins
April 30, 2015
BUCK,DARLING,R.I.P. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR MUSIC LOVING MUSIC MY MAM PASSED ON DOWN TO ME:) YOU HAVE BEEN IN OUR HOME MUSIC WISE FOR 3 GENERATIONS NOW,THANK YOU,BUCK & THE BUCKAROOS,YOU WILL LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOR EVER. ANOTHER MUSIC ANGEL GONE TO HEAVEN,,ALSO, A SPECIAL THANKS TO DWIGHT YOAKAM:) THANK YOU BOTH:) R.I.P. BUCK,DEARLY MISSED AND LOVE FOREVER,,,,,,,,,,WITH ALL MY LOVE,LISA BURNETT
LISA BURNETT
March 26, 2015
r.i.p. buck. you brought a lot of happinest to a lot of people,including myself.
beedie watson
March 25, 2015
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
March 25, 2015
May you RIP.
Pamela Orr
December 26, 2014
When I was a little girl I used to go stay with my grandmother. She forced me to watch Hee Haw. I really grew to hate that show. Now I'm a grown woman in my 50's with children n grandchildren. I've been watching reruns of Hee Haw. Its not so bad.
Pamela Orr
December 26, 2014
I WAS BOR.N AND RAISED IN BAK II GREW UP ON HIS MUSIC AND STILL LISTEN TO IT
shackelford linda
November 2, 2014
loved him them, love him now, reruns of HeeHaw are so enjoyable to watch given all the junk on TV today. Bless you Buck.
September 7, 2014
Thanks for the memories.
Cynthia Capps
July 19, 2014
Love hee haw me and my daddy use to watch you on Sunday .
Penny Baker
June 15, 2014
Buck you were my Sunday night fun with my dad we use to watch you on hee haw.
Penny Baker
June 15, 2014
Loved Buck Owens and his music. Saw him perform live in Fort Wayne and South Bend. Enjoyed him on Hee Haw.
Janet Clawson
March 26, 2014
I , Love Buck Owens When , He Sang Hot Dog At Number 13 On Billboards Party Hits !!!!! R.I.P. Adios Amigo !!!! Mr. Owens Edward Jimmy Cullen Smithfield RI
Edward Jimmy Cullen
March 25, 2014
i said it then and i'll say it now. you were one of the greatest. your music is sorely missed today. we love yoo. may you rest in peace forever. beedie watson pelzer,sc
beedie watson
March 25, 2014
He was good. People need to study him to see how he got to be so good.
Bernie O'Brien
March 25, 2014
I'm a-picking, and I'm a grinning, whenever I
think of both you and Roy Clark together!!!
Robert Piescor
March 25, 2014
Rest in peace
March 9, 2014
Really appreciate your music. I was just a toddler but your albums were played over and over !
Sharon Gentry
December 30, 2013
We miss your wonderful singing and the Buck Owens Show that we watched every sat. night. Thanks for the memories.
December 10, 2013
Thank-you for sharing yourself and music for all of your fans. You will never be forgotten. My mother is the one who got me to listen to your work. RIP,my friend..
cheryl coffey
October 15, 2013
buck you were my favorite singer I will always remember your music, alan[yogi]simmons
September 2, 2013
Prayers for your family and may you always be remembered for all that you gave to country music. Many don't know of all the charities that you gave to. You will be missed. Thanks for the inspiration that you gave to us all. R.I.P
Anne Fitzgerald
September 1, 2013
rest in peace buck, thanks for giveing us a pieace of you all these years.connie wrey
connie wrey
August 12, 2013
We are still enjoying your work in 2013. God bless you for all you have done. What a kind and entraining man we lost. Take care of him lord.
David Grieser
July 28, 2013
A buck fan, I have 1 of 3 G&L red white & blue guitars that Leo fender made for Buck when he retired. If a family member or close friend is interest in this guitar I am at 714-421-2088
paul
July 7, 2013
I want to light a candle for Buck and my dear mother she loved his song dust on mothers Bible.She always sang along with it and had tears coming down her face because she lot her dear mother !
kathy Beauchene
July 3, 2013
Hi Buck, My mother always loved you She loved your song Dust on Mothers Bible! We all in our Family will miss your wonderful singing My mother went to Heaven like I know you did! I hope she gets to meet you !
kathleen Beauchene
June 26, 2013
i miss your singing u r the best. watching hee haw all the time
robert nickerson
June 9, 2013
Buck continues to live in our hearts & the music is timeless. Anywhere theirs a smokey bar with a country flavor Bucks songs make it come to life. He raised the bar and many have tried but they have not reached it yet. My dad introduced me to Buck Owens music at a time when i was big on CCR and the Bay Area sound. Well now Im at about the age my father was when he introduced me to Bucks music & I love that Bakersfield sound. Buck is not resting he is playing the best music in heaven along with George Jones, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rogers just to name a few & I hope to hear them all up their in God's kingdom when my time to go has come!
Bill Fischer
June 8, 2013
to buck owens; buck your still one of the best ive heard since i was a young man and today i still listen to your songs. i only wish that 97.1 the radio station in houston would play all of your twenty greatest hit songs but they do not. 97.1 of houston texas plays the legdonary country western artists but these people never play any songs of yours. except with dwight yokum the streets of bakersfield ok.? so thanks for all the good singing and the very funny hee haw shows too.
david ruter
May 7, 2013
May you walk the streets of Bakersfield 4-ever!RIP Buck miss ya love ya!
March 13, 2013
Great loss to the music scene, your music will remain with me forever. Rest in peace
Chris Grixti
February 23, 2013
To Buck Owens,
Watching on the show Hee-Haw on t.v. when I was a little girl was great. I thought you were fantastic. My prayers are with you Mr. Owens. Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
February 18, 2013
I loved. Being with buck alone.ive lost photos of us tho.i never told him i sang.how stupid.
farrel faye bearce
February 15, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Malcolm Brunges
February 12, 2013
I'am really going to miss you Buck. Thank You for the Music that you gave to us all. And All the People you helped along the way. Brenda
Brenda Atwood
January 28, 2013
Buck Owens always played in my parents home growing up as a child. My Dad would play his guitar and sing many of his songs as well as others, and We never missed a Hee Haw show!!!! Before my Dad passed away we would watch reruns on RFTD. May he Rest in Peace. He will always be in my Heart as long as I live. thanks Buck for all the wonderful childhood memories!!!!
Connie Holmes
January 27, 2013
Buck miss you
william owen
January 6, 2013
to the family of buck so sorry for your loss bo bryant amarillo texas 79101
bo bryant
December 11, 2012
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