Richard Buckley at the
Fraunfelder Reunion near Mount
Hood, Oregon, 2010
The marriage of Ruth Fraunfelder
and Richard Buckley, 1950.
Richard J. Buckley,
age 93, of Menomonee
Falls, passed away on
Wednesday, April 20,
2016 in Mountain View,
Richard was born December 18, 1922, in the Town of Sherman, the son
of Herb and Nora (Schill) Buckley. He graduated in 1940 from
Menomonie High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, taking a leave from school to serve in the U.S. Army Air
Corps as a sergeant in the 309th Air Engineers Squadron during
World War II in Guam. Upon returning from the war, he completed his
degree in Electrical Engineering at Madison.
While in college, he
met his beautiful wife Ruth when she was performing as a vocalist
for the Swiss Family Fraunfelder, a national yodeling and singing
group. They married on September 2, 1950.
Richard was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a
sports enthusiast, was always in attendance for his children and
grandchildren’s sporting events and was especially proud of all of
He will be remembered for his kind, gentle
nature and his sharp mind and problem solving abilities, especially
his math and engineering skills, even taking up bridge in his final
year of life.
Richard worked his entire career as a plant superintendent for
Sprague Electric and Cera-Mite in Grafton, Wisconsin until his
retirement in 1991. Richard was a former President and lifetime
member of the Amvets and an active member of the American Legion.
He is survived by one daughter, Helen Buckley of Chattanooga, TN
and three sons, Robert (Marlene) of Mequon, WI and their children
Megan, Kelly and Nick, Jim (Sue) of San Jose, CA and their children
Shannon and David, and John (Wendy) of Woodside, CA and their
children Peter and Alexander; his brother-in-law and close friend
Fritz Fraunfelder of Lake Oswego, OR; and his many nieces and
nephews who he was so fond of.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ruth in 1997,
and four brothers, Leonard, William, Cyril and Donald.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jim Williams of Mequon,
Wisconsin and Dr. John Madej of Portola Valley, California for
their sensitive care of Richard over the years.
The family is having a private service and military burial in
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
There will be a celebration of life
dinner at Timmer's Resort 5151 Timmer Rd., West Bend open to family
and friends on May 12 after 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family
asks for memorial donations to the OHSU Casey Eye Institute, gift
online or call 503-228-1730.