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Col Kent O. Buckingham

Col Kent O. Buckingham

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Death 7 Jul 2007 (aged 85)
Burial Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID 20388302 · View Source
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Colonel USAF Ret. Kent O. Buckingham, 85, passed away from natural causes after a long illness Saturday, July 7. He was born in Woodland, Mississippi on August 18, 1921. He spent most of his youth in Bogalusa, LA where his father, A.O. Buckingham, was chief railroad agent for the G.M. & O. Railroad. Kent attended Northwestern Louisiana University where he was yearbook editor and a member of "Who's Who" in American colleges. He took aviation training in college and became a civilian pilot. In 1941 he joined the Army Air Corps where he instructed in single engine planes during World War II. In 1946 he married Janis Wildey of Chicago, and was sent to Japan with the occupation forces. He served four overseas tours, Japan, Morocco, Germany and Vietnam. A good part of his career was spent with Security Forces and Military Police at Sandia Base. He retired from the Air Force in 1973 after 33 years and made Albuquerque, NM his family home. He is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Two Oak Leaf Clusters and numerous awards. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janis Buckingham, a daughter and son-in law, Kenia and Peter Metzner, four grandchildren, Brooke Bedenk & husband Greg, Kellie Metzner, Scott Metzner and Jennifer Buckingham. He also had two great granddaughters Peyton and Haley. His son and daughter-in-law, Kent Jr. and Susan Buckingham, preceded him in death. One of his joys in life was to be of service to others. He was the neighborhood "Fix-it" man. He soared on "Eagles Wings". May God hold him in the palm of his hand. Service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to The Smile Train, 245 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2201, New York City, New York 10016 or phone 1-877-543-7645 or www.smiletrain.org. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com


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  • Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
  • Added: 10 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20388302
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Kent O. Buckingham (18 Aug 1921–7 Jul 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20388302, citing Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Kenneth D. Bogard (contributor 46562702) .