Ross E. Buckingham

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Private family services for Ross Buckingham, long time Johnson County Resident who passed away October 25th, at the Johnson County Health Care Center, surrounded by his family and their music, will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in care of Harness Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo, WY 82834.
Ross Earl Buckingham was born on May 20, 1934 in Casper, WY to Slim and Annie Buckingham. He grew up in the Willow Creek area and attended Willow Creek and Midwest Schools, graduating from Midwest High School in 1952. After high school he worked on various ranches in the area. He married Donna May Pearson on Sept. 20, 1955 and they made their home on the Willow Creek Ranch where he was the foreman.
In 1972 they moved to the slope of the Big Horns, leasing his uncle’s ranch, spending summers on the mountain. He turned the lease over to his son in 2002 but stayed involved in the operation until they retired to Kaycee and lived until the time of his death. He appreciated and respected “Old Mother Nature,” rode many miles, worked with livestock, and lived a simple life.
Family meant everything to Ross; he was a devoted son, brother, husband, dad, and grandpa with a special love for little kids and old folks. As a self-taught musician, he played mandolin, fiddle, or guitar at many dances in the southern Johnson County area, and he loved just jamming with family and friends. True wealth, as far as he was concerned, could be measured in terms of grandkids, so they all have their own memories of Grandpa’s wild rides, humor, and lessons. They also consumed many cups of his special (mostly sugar and canned milk) coffee or tea. He looked forward to sharing a regular “cuppa” tea or coffee and a visit with whoever showed up at the door.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna May; kids, Ord (Carole) Buckingham, Rock (Joan) Buckingham, Marianne (Tom) Knapp all of Kaycee, and Marti (John) Gorman of Cody; brothers; Bob of San Jose, CA; John of Casper, WY and sisters Irma Bideau of Casper, WY, Lila Miller of Douglas, WY and Nancy Robinson of Casper, WY; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.