Harlan ‘Buck’ Buckman

HASTINGS, Mich. – Harlan “Buck” Buckman, 86, 591 Riverwalk St., Hastings, Mich., passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

Harlan was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Gladstone, the son of Albert and Julia (Erickson) Buckman. He was raised in Gladstone where he graduated from Gladstone High School in 1944. After graduating he served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Radioman 2nd Class- Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Curtis. After service he attended Augustana College followed by Michigan State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business. This was followed by a masters degree in education that he earned from the now Michigan State University.

His first career was in sales, starting early by working at the family Gambles Hardware Store. Later he worked at Sears Roebuck and Company in Flint, Mich. After moving back to Gladstone in 1970, he became a teacher of retail skills in Gladstone Public Schools, then to Delta County Intermediate School District.

Harlan married Grace Ann Taylor, Dec. 27, 1953. They celebrated 40 years of marriage before Grace passed away in 1994. On July 18, 1997, Harlan and Patricia Ann Carlson were united in marriage.

Harlan’s faith was important to him. He was a member of the Hastings Baptist Church and former member of the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Harlan was always humming a song and he provided a beautiful base voice to the Lakewood Area Choral Society and the Escanaba and Gladstone Barber Shoppers. For the kids of Gladstone, he planted the “seed” to build Kid’s Kingdom and even made a small scale model of the play park. He never embraced computers, preferring instead to drop a quick handwritten note in the mail which often included a newspaper clipping of interest to the recipient. He was a talented woodworker and tinkerer extraordinaire. He could fix anything. Harlan left a legacy of hand-made cradles for his grandchildren and crches for his children to cherish every Christmas. Finally, Harlan loved being a husband, a dad, and a “papa” to his grandchildren and new great-grandson. He will be deeply missed and loved forever.

Harlan is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; sons, Bruce (Jan) Buckman, Eric (Kathleen) Buckman, Troy Carlson, Sean (Nicole) Carlson; daughters, Julie (Frederick) Leavitt, Kelli (Kevin) Houle, Tricia (Bob) Gouin, Renee (J.D.) Scoville; brother, Mark (Marilyn) Buckman; grandchildren, Heather Leavitt, Erik Leavitt, Laura (Jered) Van Kirk, Mary (Cole) Meredith, Arthur Buckman, Anna Buckman; great-grandson, Alexander Van Kirk; nieces, Chris Buckman, Kim Buckman, Cindi Galbraith and Brenda Nyquist. Also surviving are 12 step-grandchildren

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Julia; wife, Grace (Taylor) Buckman; and brother, Richard Buckman.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 to noon at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Harlan “Buck” Buckman will follow the visitation with the Pastor Peggy Rose officiating. Luncheon will follow in the First Lutheran Church Parish Hall. Burial will be in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.

A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Hastings Baptist Church, 309 East Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, Mich. Memorial contributions in memory of Harlan may be directed to the Gladstone Public Schools. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Buckman family.

Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Buckman family, or to leave a memory tribute about Harlan.