Freddy Max Buck passed away on January 9, 2016, at his home near Cherokee. Services will be held at the Cherokee Friends Church on January 14, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Viewing will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Freddy, or Fred as he was known later in life, was born on August 12, 1930, near Carmen, to Fred Ellsworth Buck and Elizabeth (Bessie) Holmden Buck. He attended several local county schools, graduating from Lambert High School in 1949.
He joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1947 and served with the 45th Infantry Division until September, 1951. He served and fought in the Korean War as a member of Battery B, 189th FA Battalion.
Freddy married Lawrene Pearl Stone on October 5, 1953, at the Friends Church in Cherokee. Freddy and Lawrene made their home in Stillwater while Freddy attended Oklahoma A & M. In 1955 Freddy and Lawrene moved to Bartlesville where Freddy went to work for Phillips Oil Company.
In 1956 Freddy joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Pilot training was at Moore Air Base, in Mission, Texas. Over the next three years Freddy trained in four different aircraft, T-34, T-28, T-33, and the F-86. Subsequent training occurred at Bryan AFB, Perrin AFB, and Tulsa. In 1959, Freddy joined the 127th Fighter Squadron of the Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell AFB, Wichita, KS. Lawrene and their three daughters, Ky Ann, Teresa Lynn, and Kimberly Jean, followed Freddy to every new air base.
Freddy flew for the Kansas Air National Guard from 1959 until his retirement in 1976, having attained the rank of Major. During his time with the Air Guard, Freddy trained and flew the F-86, the F-100, and the F-105. Also during this time, the mission of the McConnell Air Guard unit changed from a training unit, to a combat unit, and back to a training unit.
Initially Freddy and Lawrene retired to Grand Lake in eastern Oklahoma, but Freddy wanted to return to his roots in the Cherokee area. He purchased a farm and actively participated in farming activities.
Freddy is survived by his wife, Lawrene, of Cherokee; their three daughters, Ky Ann Buck, of Bartlesville, Teresa Lane and her husband, Tom, of Aurora, CO, Kimberly York and her husband, Burney, of Cherokee. Grandchildren include Charles Lane and his wife, Rona; Chad Lane; Shannon Loudenslager and her husband, Eric; Christopher Derrevere; and Chris York. Great grandchildren include Braden Loudenslager, Alex York, and Wyatt York.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at the deeply sad time. Freddy was a wonderful man and will be very missed. God bless you all. Rest in Peace Freddy.
- Andrea & Vern
You were a wonderful brother-in-law and "uncle" to our kids. I will never forget the care you showed during our time of need. Your wry sense of humor always made me laugh. You will be missed. Please tell Jim I love him when you meet up with him in Heaven
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