Gerald (Jerry) Buckman, 103, went to be with His Lord on October 26, 2019.
His more recent years were spent in Riverside’s Miller Center and Butterfield, where he was well cared for by the dedicated staff.
He was born in 1916 and raised on a farm southeast of Herscher with two sisters and one brother. He lived a full and wonderful life accompanied for over 78 years by wife Marie Buckman.
Married in 1939, Jerry was devoted to developing the family business that he had founded, Home Appliance and Heating in Kankakee (now known as Home Furniture, Plumbing, & Heating) while Marie supported him and raised their four children.
Jerry was an avid volunteer who worked with Kankakee area physically & mentally handicapped, and on the Kankakee County Board. He and Marie were also active volunteers in their church, St Paul’s Lutheran Church, for 65 years.
Jerry’s hobbies included restoring cars and telling jokes. The couple enjoyed dancing as well as extensive travel throughout the United States and overseas. Memorable family trips included camping in National Parks and visits to world fairs on both coasts.
Jerry was preceded in passing by his wife Marie Legg Buckman, sister Isabelle Geiger; brother Art Buckman; and two children Bruce Buckman and Christine Hubert.
Jerry is survived by his sister, Verdelle Salm; his two children, Doris Buckman and Gary Buckman; devoted family friend Candice Chandler, four grandchildren Dan Buckman, Dana Wilkey, Jackie and Sarah Snow; four great grandchildren Lauren Fox, Aislinn and Charlie McGuire, Adeline Snow-Hufnagel; and two great, great grandchildren Jaxon and Archer Fox.
Other surviving members of the immediate family are Dorothea Buckman, Jeff Fox, Keith Wilkey, Peter Snow, Sam Hufnagel, and longtime caregiver, Melissa DuBois.
Visitation at Schreffler Funeral Home, 1900 West Court St., Kankakee, will be on November 8th from 4 pm until 7 pm and on November 9th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 348 E Merchant St., Kankakee, from 9:30-10 am with services beginning at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, www.stpaulslutheran.net.
Please visit www.schrefflerfuneralhomes.com to leave the family your thoughts, memories and condolences on the online guestbook.