John Edward Buckley, 67, passed away Dec 21, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona from a cardiac issue.
His life is celebrated by his wife, Deborah Buckley; his daughters, Bree and John Crane, Stephanie Buckley; his son, Joshua and Gabriel Buckley; Grandchildren, Journey Crane, Grace and Renner Buckley ; many family and friends.
Born and raised in Saginaw, MI, the son of Laverne and Mary Buckley. He graduated from SS. Peter and Paul High School, went to work at Saginaw Steering Gear and retired after 31 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Funeral Service will be held at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213 , December 30th from 10 am till 12:30pm . With a showing on the 29th from 6pm till 8pm. Memorials can be made to Ronald McDonald House or St. Jude’s Children Hospital .
A message from Joshua Buckley:
My father was an amazing man. I have countless wonderful memories with him. From freezing out on the lake during ice fishing season to driving around Michigan while he played roadie and slang merch for the punk band I was in. I remember as a kid playing Nintendo with him. I got to be his navigator, the man with the map, as he rescued princess Zelda or fought monsters in the dungeons of Final Fantasy. I would tell him how to get to the next boss or where the next town to buy potions could be found. Today as a husband and father myself, he will forever be the navigator in life. He showed me what it meant to be a father who always supports his kids as they pursue their passions. To be a father who has fun, laughs, and smiles with his children. To be a husband who doesn’t sweat the small stuff. A husband that helps around the house and can make a mean dinner. A husband who loves his wife and will always be her best friend.
He loved his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. I hope that my heart can love as much as his.
A message from Bree Crane:
Our dad was such an old soul. Just happy to be in the moment with his family. He didn’t get caught up in the dramas of everyday life. He dealt with things one moment at a time with a kind heart and personality. When you met up with him, his greetings always made you feel awesome. “How’s it goin’ baby? What’s shakin’?” He always did everything he could to make everyone around him happy.
He had an appreciation of good ol’ rock ‘n roll! I remember at a very young age sitting on his lap in a dimly lit room listening to albums. He taught me how to just be. To kick back and enjoy the jams. He introduced me to camping and motorcycles and hanging with good friends and family.
My dad knew how to live it up right. It’s no wonder why it was time for him to move on from this place. He had being a human down and is ready for a new adventure. I love you so much dad. You are an awesome dad, grandpa, husband, and man. May your soul rest in peace.
A message from Stephanie Buckley
My heart is breaking and I miss my daddy so much. We spent lots of time together. Daddy and I would go to the library and he would wait for me while I picked out books and after we would go out to eat. We would go to the movies. I love my daddy. He always took care of me.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. followed by a visitation at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 30th 2017 at Bunker Family Funeral University Chapel 3529 East University Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85213.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29th at the same location.