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John T Buckley

December 9, 1966 - June 8, 2022

Service Date: June 15, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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John Timothy Buckley, 55, of Ankeny, IA, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. He was born December 9, 1966 in Detroit, MI to Daniel and Jacqueline (Clement) Buckley.

Many words describe John.  Friend, husband, family – all true and a good place to begin.

John loved his family. From his childhood spent playing with cousins at his grandmother’s house to his everyday life spent loving his wife, Linda and daughter, Samantha. He talked with his brothers and sister often and checked up on his old friends and family frequently. As the youngest of four kids, John had a particularly close relationship with his mom, Jacqueline.  He simply liked connecting with people and was patient, kind, thoughtful and always curious.

John’s daughter Samantha was the apple of his eye. He loved spending special time with her – watching movies, playing video games or just running errands and having the most meaningful conversations while just driving. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with her, to let her know he was proud of her and to spoil her.

John loved his dogs (who are also family) and had a special way with them. Being dogs, they probably recognized his true and gentle soul.

John was interested. Interested in people, new and known. He was the guy who knew everyone in the neighborhood. Interested in experiences such as fishing, sports, cooking and technology. And in that interest was a competitive streak which was easily traced back to when he was a kid playing wiffleball with all the cousins at his grandmother’s house. As an adult he built his own gaming computer so he would be able to compete with his brother, Dan. He built and raced remote control (RC) cars, often competing on a national level. While in a career as a restaurant manager, he discovered a love for cooking and was manager and chef at many St. Louis restaurants – all competitive endeavors. And like his grandmother and mother before him, John was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, rarely missing a game whether it be in person, on tv or radio. John loved fantasy sports and participated in a football league, competing with (and against) his brother Dan for almost 20 years.  John enjoyed his late night phone calls with his sister Lynn talking about kids with both bragging about what their kids had accomplished.   With his brother Bill being the last sibling in the St Louis area, John often met Bill for lunch to talk cars and sports.

John was a story teller. He had a great memory for family history and detail, like when his grandfather received a bowling ball for Christmas and bowled down the hallway of the house during the Christmas Eve family gathering. He told of family barbeques and gatherings. He told of fishing trips, such as that really great day on the Williamette River in Washington where at least a dozen sturgeon were caught and he and his brother Dan were the envy of all the fishermen around them. He told of Samantha’s adoption – an event that completed his family – and so many stories of her growing up years. He told of his love for his wife, Linda. He told her he loved her every day, recently celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. John was a romantic.

There are many more words to describe John, such as fun-loving, patient, witty, and upbeat. During the past 15 years, John met and battled many medical challenges with bravery and grace. He lived a positive life and never took a single day for granted.

John was preceded in death by his father, Daniel P. Buckley, Jr., mother, Jacqueline M. Buckley, and grandparents.

John is survived by his wife Linda of Ankeny, IA, his daughter Samantha of Ankeny, IA, sister Lynn Williams (Tracy) of Ridgefield, WA, brother Daniel (Shawna) of Pinedale, AZ, brother William of Dupo, Illinois. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Wildwood Living Word United Methodist Church, 17315 Manchester Rd., Wildwood, MO, 63038.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to UCP Heartland: https://ucpheartland.org


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