LINCOLN – David LeRoy Buck was reunited with his Lord, Tuesday, March 24, 2009, when he passed unexpectedly at his home. David was born Sept. 10, 1940, to two loving parents, Phyllis M. (Bates) Buck and Myron Kimball Buck. He graduated salutatorian of Mattanawcook Academy, Class of 1958. After attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, for two years, he returned home and married Dianne Greene, his cherished wife of 47 years. David worked as co-owner of Buck Motors, Inc., for several years and became the devoted father of two children, Kimberly Anne Russell and Johanna Kathryn Purdue. With the loving support of his wife, David continued his education and in May 1974, he graduated with highest distinction from the University of Maine, Orono with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education. The family moved to Milo and David began a lifelong dream of teaching English at Foxcroft Academy, a dream that lasted 22 years and served hundreds of students. He retired in 1995. In 1989, David and Dianne became parents once more when they hosted a foreign exchange student from Mito, Japan. David served as committee member and leader of Boy Scouts of America, Troop No. 50. He was proud to be a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Along with his wife, he became a privileged member of SOIOP – Society of Old Ivory and Ohme Porcelain, and they planned their yearly vacation around SOIOP conventions across the U.S. He was an avid sportsman and an unregistered Maine guide long before the term was invented. Together, with his wife and daughters, he will be greatly mourned by his adopted daughter, Katie of Mito, Japan; his sister/cousin, Donna (Bates) Boone and her husband, Chris, of Bishop, Calif.; his grandchildren, Mary Anna Russell, Donald O’Dell Russell and Brenna Elyse Russell of Pittsfield, James Joseph McGuinness IV, Paige Grace McGuinness of Milo, and Meghan Elizabeth McGuinness, currently serving in the U.S. Navy in Virginia and mother of his great-grandchild, Christopher Ayden McGuinness. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Angel W. Russell. He leaves behind a legacy of caring, teaching, learning and random acts of kindness. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Darrell Joiner officiating. Spring interment will be at Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on his behalf to Penobscot Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Lincoln, ME 04457. For an online guest book, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.
DAVID LEROY BUCK
Posted March 25, 2009, at 7:47 p.m.