Donald Robert Buckner
On Saturday, October 9, 2021, Donald Robert Buckner, loving husband, and father of four children, passed away at the age of 87.
Don was born on April 16, 1934, in Rensselaer, NY, as the only child of Bob and Eileen (Foran) Buckner. He married the love of his life, Kathleen Ellen Gallagher on November 30, 1957. Don graduated from Cornell University in 1955 and earned master's degrees from R.P.I. and the University of Missouri in 1956 and 1960, respectively. Don started his career in university administration at Georgetown University in 1960 as Dean of Men and earned a Doctor of Education degree from The American University in 1967. He accepted the position of Director of Housing at NIU in 1967 and served in several positions before retiring from NIU in 1998 as Associate VP/Provost.
Don devoted his compassion, energy, and countless hours to his charitable endeavors including those for St. Vincent DePaul and St. John Newman Catholic Church. He served on the Board of The Salvation Army and cared for Hospice patients continuously for many years.
Don will be remembered as a very lovable and eccentric "character" who was totally devoted to his wife, Kathy, and the rest of his family. He traveled the world, was able to easily strike up conversations with strangers, and had an infectious sense of humor. He loved photography, golf, and the Chicago Cubs. He was an avid fitness enthusiast who completed the NY Marathon in his 50s.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Bob, his mother, Eileen, and two grandchildren, Kelly Morsch and Joshua Levine. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children Teresa (Jim Kaus), David (Julie), Mark (Cindy), and Brian (Mary Lynn); 13 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
A graveside service, for family only, will be held on Thursday, October 14, followed by a Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday October 16th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Faranda's Banquet Center at 302 Grove Street in DeKalb.
The family requests donations to St. Vincent DePaul in DeKalb in lieu of flowers.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com
or call 815-756-1022.
Published by The MidWeek News from Oct. 11 to Oct. 20, 2021.