Warren Dale Buckner, 93
Nov. 4, 1921 -- Jan. 7, 2015

Warren Dale BucknerWarren Dale Buckner, 93, of Grafton died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

Warren was born on Nov. 4, 1921, in Linton, Ind., the only child of Ora and Ethel (Strickland) Buckner. He lived in Dugger, Ind., and moved with his family to Huntington, Ind., during the Great Depression. He grew up on his parents’ farm.

Warren enlisted in the Army on Oct. 31, 1942. On Aug. 3, 1943, he married the love of his life, Elva Caudill, in North Augusta, S.C. A few days later, Warren was shipped off to fight in World War II. He served in the 935th Field Artillery Battalion as a gun crewman medium artillery. During the war, he fought in battles and campaigns in Africa, France, Italy and Germany. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal World War II and the European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with five Bronze Service Stars. After 27 months of serving overseas, he was honorably discharged from the Army on Oct. 31, 1945, with the rank of corporal.

Warren returned home, where he started his married life. He was an excellent carpenter and built the couple’s first home and continued to build homes with his father-in-law and brother-in-law. Warren worked for Fisher Body, a division of General Motors, in the tool crib, and retired from Fisher Body after 25 years of service.

Warren enjoyed building and remodeling homes, buying and working on cars, especially sports cars, dancing to Big Band music, traveling, golfing and fishing. He was a devoted husband and father. He cherished the time he spent with his wife of 71 years, children, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-inlaw, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was a wonderful host, hosting many barbecues and family picnics. He loved to go to their cabin on Goose Lake in Warsaw, Ind., where he spent many hours fishing and laughing. Warren had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. He knew how to have a good time and he truly enjoyed life. He had a kind heart and would help anyone in need. He taught his children the value of hard work, laughter, kindness, family and friends.

Warren is survived by his two sons, Tom and wife Lee Buckner, Phoenix.; Steve and wife Lonna Buckner, Rockwall, Texas; daughter, Jill Gallogly and husband Tom, Cedarburg; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will take place in Marion, Ind., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cedarburg Preschool, N19 W6717 Commerce Court, Cedarburg, WI 53012.