Leonard Whisler Buck, Jr., age 68, long time resident of Duluth, Georgia, and recent resident of St. Marys, Georgia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by many family members and friends, at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville on 31 December 2017, after a long and arduous battle with cancer.
He was born on 17 November 1949 in Aberdeen, Maryland to Sonia Demitrowa and Leonard W. Buck, Sr. He graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1967 and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Army, where he served our country with distinction for 21 years. He often joked that his two “overseas” tours were Alaska and Hawaii and he told many stories about his years serving our country as a recruiter.
He had two children, Robert Owen and Kristine Lynn and was happily married to his wife of 27 years JoAnn (Bateman) Buck. While serving in the Army he earned his degree in Vocational Education from the University of Illinois, and after retiring from the Army his last job was driving a school bus for Gwinnett County, Georgia, a job he loved (except for getting up so early!). Known by many names including Lenny, Leo, Dad, Bubber, he was always fiercely loyal to his family and friends, loved discussing politics, loved his motorcycle, playing golf, playing poker and his dog Max.
He is survived by his beloved wife JoAnn (Bateman), his daughter Kristine, his son Robert, his granddaughter Hailey Raven Jumper, his sisters Helen Buck and Millie (Brian) Sullivan, many nieces and nephews both by blood and by marriage, cousins, inlaws, and many great friends.
A celebration of his life will take place as soon as the crabs start running in the summer in North Beach, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. Nothing says “Lenny” like a crab feast!
Donations in his name can be made to any charity of your choosing or Mayo Clinic-Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Office of Donor Development, International HQ, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Attn: Donor Services, 712 L G Griffin Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys, GA is in charge of arrangements.