Elbert A. Buckley

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Elbert A. “Buck” Buckley, 64, of Belleville, IL, born January 8, 1954, in Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully, Thursday, January 3, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, O’Fallon, IL, surrounded by his loving family.

Buck was a dedicated and devoted family man.  He married the love of his life, Donna Mitchell on October 18, 1974.  His most precious moments were those spent with his children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa (pa-pa and pop-pop), brother, uncle and friend.  He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.  He retired as owner/operator of a vending business.  He was a member of Sterling Baptist Church in Fairview Heights, IL.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Marie Buckley; and his parents, Elbert Buckley and Hilda, nee Counts, Buckley.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, nee Mitchell, Buckley;
two daughters, Selena Price of Fairview Heights, IL, and Jamie (Chad) Lichtenegger of Fairview Heights, IL;
a son, Justin (Heather) Buckley of Smithton, IL;
his precious grandchildren, Riley Renee Buckley, Dean Alan Buckley, and Jase David Lichtenegger;
three sisters, Linda (Mark) Akins, Mary Fargen, and Rachel (Chris) Townsend;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the family or to the National Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Dave Gray officiating.                       

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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9 Comments on Elbert A. Buckley

Brittany Souders said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 11:59 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of taking care of Elbert a few times while he was in the hospital and he is someone I will never forget. He had the biggest heart and sweetest smile. When he spoke of his family and grandkids his eyes would light up. My thoughts are prayers are with you all.

  • Troy
  • IL
Jamie Lichtenegger said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2019 at 5:35 PM

Today is going to be the hardest day of my life. To look at you one last time, to hold your hand one last time on this earth. To never see you in person is breaking my heart. I love you forever. Jase will never forget his PopPop. I know your are at peace. In your perfect eternity with God.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Heather, Isabella, and Sophia Williams said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2019 at 3:38 PM

I will miss Uncle Jr's sense of humor the most! His love and devotion to his family will always be remembered in his acts of kindness, and in our hearts and memories. The girls and I will never forget what he did for us. Because of him and Aunt Donna we are safe and happy!! I wish we could be there. He was a wonderful uncle to me and the best ever great-uncle to my girls! Love and miss you always!!

  • Saint Albans
  • VT
James Corbin said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2019 at 12:16 AM

Donna and Family, Pat and I are so sorry to hear about Elbert. We kind of lost contact over the years but have great memories .

  • Dupo
  • Illinois
dennis lee smith said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2019 at 4:20 AM

So sorry to hear about Elbert. We had many adventures as teenagers. Knew the whole family, went to school with Mary. But life with its many twists and turns I moved away and lost contact with him. Its as if I lost a family member

  • patterson
  • missouri
Ruth Leech said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2019 at 11:22 PM

Donna and family, I am so, so sorry that you have lost the presence of Buck. He always amazed me with his inter strength. Prayers are with all of you.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Mary Buckley Fargen said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2019 at 10:00 PM

Donna and Family, There are no words to express my sorrow at your loss. JR. was a wonderful man that loved his family and was very proud of you all. He also was a great brother and uncle to my daughter. I will miss my Irish twin.

  • East Fairfield
  • VT
Tammy bleckler said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2019 at 9:58 PM

Addie and I loved buck so very much.he was such a sweet kind friend.we will miss him so much. I will miss texting him and talking to him. Donna we love you and we are here for you.

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Lollie Leyden said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2019 at 9:37 PM

I am so sorry for your loss and will continue to keep you in my daily prayers. I have fond memories of Elbert when we were kids running around St. Rose and St. Lambert. I remember he was always just a nice guy that was liked by everyone. I will have a mass said in his name at Our Lady of the Snows.

  • Trenton
  • IL

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