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Gene Arthur Buckley, 65

Gene Arthur Buckley, 65, of Park Rapids died unexpectedly Friday, April 18, 2008. He was born to Ernest and Janetta (Corbin) Buckley May 21, 1942 in Fort Yates, ND. The family traveled west to Washington and Oregon, finally settling in Ronan, MT....

Gene Arthur Buckley, 65, of Park Rapids died unexpectedly Friday, April 18, 2008.

He was born to Ernest and Janetta (Corbin) Buckley May 21, 1942 in Fort Yates, ND. The family traveled west to Washington and Oregon, finally settling in Ronan, MT. After his father's death, the family moved back to North Dakota and he worked for area farmers while he was a student at Hazelton High School. He graduated with the Class of 1962 and continued his education in Wahpeton/Breckenridge where he studied auto mechanics and then moved to Fargo.

He married Louisa Crandall in Fargo. The couple moved to Texas, Tacoma, WA and later to Park Rapids, where he worked for the state highway department.

He married Beverly Brown Feb. 7, 1979. They moved to Tacoma, returning to Park Rapids in 1984. He worked for the City of Park Rapids then drove truck for M&O Farms. After the harvest, he worked in raw receiving at Lamb Weston/RDO. He retired in 1995.

Surviving are his wife; five sons, Jedidiah of Park Rapids, John (Kelly) and Jade, both of Menahga, Joshua of Park Rapids, and Jeremiah of Menahga; two sisters, Carol Winstad of Virginia, MN and Sharon Erdman of Bottineau, ND; two brothers, Don (Debbie) of Sandy, UT and Joe (Bonnie) of Wolf Point, MT; two granddaughters and four grandsons.

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He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, April in 1972.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Assembly of God Church in Park Rapids with Rev. Art Wood officiating. Organist will be Valdonna Jenson. Congregational hymns will be "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art." Special music will be "Go Rest High on that Mountian."

Active casket bearers: Dave Duayne and Dale Becker, Dave Hanson, Dave Snelling and Jerry White.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids.

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