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Darwin John Buckingham

Darwin John Buckingham

Darwin John Buckingham, age 79, of Baxter, passed away at his home after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer. Darwin was born on October 6, 1937 in Calvin, North Dakota to Richard & Matie (Rice) Buckingham. After graduating from Calvin High School, he served his country in the US Army for two years. He married the love of his life, Sarah Hamstad from Valley City, North Dakota in 1959.

Darwin worked for Red Owl as a meat cutter for 30 years. He then worked for Brainerd Amateur Hockey and the Brainerd Dispatch. Darwin is a member of the Brainerd American Legion, Post 255, and Park United Methodist Church.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Sarah; son, Rodney (DeeMaris) Buckingham of Brainerd, MN; daughter, Debra (Michael) Krogen of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren: Sean (Melissa) Hagen of Baxter, MN, Travis (Kaitlin) Buckingham of Plymouth, MN, Thomas (Jenny) Buckingham of Avon, IN and Tara-Jo (Justin) Petrali of Plymouth, MN; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Wallace Buckingham of Fargo, ND; sisters: Violet Anderson and Lorna McCabe of Fergus Falls, MN, Vivian Smith of Leeds, ND, Matie Krout of Garrison, ND; sister-in-law, Ida Buckingham of Rothsay, MN.

Preceding Darwin in death are his parents; infant daughter, Lynda; brothers: Vincent and Kenneth; sister, Dorothy Hall.

Funeral Service for Darwin will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11AM at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, near Little Falls, MN.

Caring for Darwin & the Buckingham Family:

Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home:

BRAINERD CHAPEL 218-829-3581