Francis “Frank” James Buckley, 87, of Sublette, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Maple Crossing at Amboy with his loving wife and 5 children by his side.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette, with Rev. Randy Fronek officiating. Interment will follow at St. Michael Sandy Hill Cemetery, Maytown with military honors by the Amboy American Legion. His family will receive friends from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Mr. Buckley was born on January 13, 1930 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, the only child of Charles and Bridgett “Bea” (Burke) Buckley of Maytown. He grew up on the family farm in Maytown and attended Maytown Grade School. He graduated from Amboy High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. After basic training, he married Rosamund Garland on November 29, 1951 in St. Patrick’s Church, Amboy, before shipping out to Korea. After his service, he returned to the area and he and Rosamund lived in the Sublette/Amboy area most of their married life.
He worked at a variety of jobs over the years, including Conco in Mendota, Farm Service in Lee Center, and then as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. After retiring, he drove a van for Lee County Senior Services until December of 2009. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and the Sandy Hill Cemetery Board. He enjoyed fishing and all of his grandchildren will remember his amusing anecdotes and wry observations on life.
He is survived by: his wife; three sons, Stephen (Kimberly) Buckley of Palos Heights, Timothy (Deb) Buckley of West Allis, Wisconsin, and Lawrence (Rose) Buckley of Sublette; two daughters, Trudy (Bob) Lahman of Amboy, and Bridgett (Ray) Drag of Shorewood; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his sons-in-law and grandsons.
Memorials may be directed to Sublette Community Building Restoration Fund, OLPH Church, or Sandy Hill Cemetery Fund.