William "Bill" Byrne Buckles

  • Born: June 5, 1920
  • Died: January 10, 2013
  • Location: New Richmond, Indiana

Hippensteel Funeral Service & Crematory

822 North Ninth Street
Lafayette, IN 47904

Tel. (765) 742-7302

Tribute & Message From The Family

William "Bill" Byrne Buckles, 92, of New Richmond, passed away at 2:35a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana, surrounded by his family.

He was born June 5, 1920, in South Raub, Indiana, the son of the late Samuel "Eli" and Nettie Wooldridge Buckles. He grew up in Pine Village, graduating from Pine Village High School in 1939. Bill married Virginia L. Cornell on September 19, 1947, at St. Boniface Church in Lafayette. From a young age, Bill had a love for animals and worked on his family farm until he and Virginia bought their own farm just outside of Wingate. Mr. Buckles was an Honorary Life Member of The Knights of Columbus and also a member of Good Sam's Camping Club. For most of his life, he attended St. Bernard Catholic Church in Crawfordsville, and most recently joined the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in West Lafayette, where his son Rev. Father David J. Buckles is pastor. Throughout his wholesome life Bill enjoyed farming, camping, playing cards, woodworking, being outdoors, square dancing, and most importantly, spending time with family.

Survivors include six daughters: Theresa Bailey of New Richmond, Judy (Gerry) Adams of Garner, NC, Linda (George) Keller of Lafayette, Irene (Chuck) of Crawfordsville, Marcella Darling of Garner, NC, and Anita (Les Tuttle) Risk of Lafayette; four sons: Sam (Annie) Buckles of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Rev. David Buckles of West Lafayette, Patrick (Teresa) Buckles of New Richmond, and Vince (Joyce Kaplan) Buckles of Garner, NC; 25 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and several other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a daughter, Margaret; a grandson, Geremy; and three brothers, Charles, Clarence "Floyd", and Robert "Bob" Buckles.

Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30a.m. on Saturday at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in West Lafayette with Rev. Father David Buckles officiating. The burial will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, Lafayette, immediately following the ceremony. Friends may call from 9:30-10:30a.m. Saturday, preceding the funeral mass. In addition, there will be a Rosary Service at 5:30p.m. Friday evening at the church, followed by a viewing until 8p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Religious Education Program and Youth Ministries at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The family invites you to bring photos or memories of Bill and the family to enjoy. Hippensteel Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, and online condolences can be made at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.