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Dallas W. Buckner
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A service was held Friday at Grace Community Christian Church for Dallas Wayne Buckner, 81, of Ceres. He died June 16, 2008 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson.

A graveside service was held afterward at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Mr. Buckner was born Oct. 31, 1926 in Stigler, Okla., the eldest child of Sisro and Virgie Buckner. On Feb. 22, 1945, during World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and became a coxswain. As a Seabee he learned the construction trade, which led to his career as a carpenter. Following his honorable discharge, he became a member of the Naval Reserves until 1959. He had been a member of American Legion Post #74, since 1963 and a Third Degree Master Mason of Smyrna Lodge # 532, in Ceres, since 1961. He was always proud of his service to America, which is what encouraged his son and grandsons to follow in his footsteps. After WWII, he worked in construction for many years building many local businesses and churches, as well as taking part in the building of the California Aqueduct and Highway 99 through Modesto.

Mr. Buckner had been a union carpenter since 1952.

He leaves behind his wife, J. Faye Hopkins Buckner of Ceres; his children, Dorothy Miller of Modesto, James Buckner, Sr. of Reno, Nev., Jack C. Buckner of Tulare, and Steve Buckner, Sr. of Ceres; his brother, Bob Buckner of Ceres; his sister, Joann Lohbauer of Gainsville, Texas; and 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Harvey of Canada and Betty Craig.

Remembrances may be sent to Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Road, Hughson, CA 95326.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /June 25, 2008