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Wallace Leo Bucklew

July 22, 2022

Wallace Leo Bucklew, 79, Boca Raton, FL, and Thousand Islands Park, Wellesley Island, NY, passed away Friday evening, July 22, 2022, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY.

Wally was born in Indianapolis, IN, December 3, 1942, son of Willard and Helen (Hubble) Bucklew. He was a graduate of Ben Davis High School and attended Georgetown College and Butler University, where he played football and ran track at all three. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and his masters degree from Florida Atlantic University.

On February 14, 2007 he married Sylvia (Bowes) Stiller in Boca Raton, FL.

Wally had served as a police officer, a business owner and as a salesman. He was a member of both The Chapel of The Chapel of St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Boca Raton, FL and Christ Episcopal Church, Clayton, NY. He was very active in both churches and served two terms as Senior Warden at The Chapel of St. Andrew. He was also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Wally enjoyed golf, reading, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and card games.

Along with his wife Sylvia Stiller, he is survived by his daughter Sandra Bucklew; son Russell Bucklew and wife Andrea; step daughter Tandy Robinson and husband Joe; two step sons Duane Stiller and wife Dalia and David Stiller; four grandchildren, Cristina Johnson, Natalie Stiller, and Yasmine and Gracie Robinson; two sisters Conne Gilbert and husband Larry and Edie Chandler and husband Mike; aunt Ilagene Bucklew, Sebring, FL; 4 nieces and nephews, Todd, Erin and Lucas Gilbert and Jennifer Osborn and cousin Bill Bucklew.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 20, at 11am at Christ Episcopal Church with Rev. Lisa Busby presiding. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc, Clayton, NY and online condolences to Wally's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 235 John St., Clayton, NY 13624 or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 3900 Jog Rd., Building 13, Boca Raton, FL 33434.


#6 Lillian Yedwabnick 2022-07-29 22:09
My sincere sympathy to Sylvia and Wally’s family. Wally will be extremely missed. Wally was a pillar at the Chapel of St. Andrew. His strong leadership and dedication set the bar for all at the Chapel. Rest In Peace Wally. Your struggles are over. My love and peace to Sylvia at this difficult time.
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#5 Barb Pagach 2022-07-27 20:09
My sincere condolences to Sylvia and for the entire family of Wally. Doug and I always enjoyed the rounds of golf and dinners we had together when we visited Pompano Beach. A lot of reminiscing occurred with the Class of 61 Ben Davis during those fun times. I hope that Doug and Wally are teeing it up together in heaven!!
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#4 Estella Carnegie 2022-07-27 19:40
I will miss you my friend. Love to you Sylvia
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#3 Stephen Metzger 2022-07-27 12:40
Stephen and Geneive send their condolences to Wally's family. We just met Wally recently when we joined St. Andrews during Easter. He was so kind and welcoming of us. We will miss his warm and kind spirit. We are blessed to have known him if only for a short time.
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#2 Nancy Bucklew 2022-07-25 20:38
Condolences to Wally’s family. I have fond memories of his first job as athletic director at Greenland, Arkansas and having to line the football field with government surplus flour and cornmeal. Low budget outfit. He will be missed.
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#1 Priscilla Dillow 2022-07-25 17:32
Sending condolences to Sylvia & family of Wally. He was our classmate & friend, Ben Davis HS 1961. Outstanding athlete, student & a true gentleman. I can still remember him running hurdles & beating the VanArsdale twins. A fond memory is Wally's performance in our Senior varieties & playing golf in later years at our reunions in Indy & Florida. We will remember you always. Warmest regards.
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