nk Bueckert passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital from natural causes. He was 87 years old.
He was born in Wymark, Saskatchewan, Canada, on May 4, 1917, to Franz and Maria (Wiens) Bueckert. In 1920 his family moved to Mexico, returning to Canada in 1930. He was a farm laborer until 1936, when he worked in the woods in British Columbia.
From 1940-1949, he served as a mechanic in the Canadian Army with the World War II Allied forces in Holland and France.
In 1946, he married Lambertina Pijpstra in Holland, then returned to Canada. In 1952, he moved his family to Prineville, where he worked as a mechanic for Houk Motors, where U.S. Bank is now located.
From 1953-1969 he owned and operated "Frank's Auto Repair" on Madras Highway. He sold his business, and after working in various central Oregon car dealership service departments, moved to Alaska to work on the pipeline, retiring in 1981.
He and his wife enjoyed retirement and traveled extensively, including to Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Bermuda and Holland. Over the years he also enjoyed family activities, square dancing, playing cribbage, card games and billiards.
He was a lifetime member of the Prineville Elks Lodge.
He is survived by: two sisters in Canada, Gertrude Kozoris of Victoria, British Columbia and Helen Carlson of Calgary, Alberta; five children, daughters Tina (Van) Moore of Hermiston, Ore., Frances (Art) Morin of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Diana (Jim) Rice of Prineville and Marion Edwards, also of Prineville; son Les Bueckert of Bay City; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and extended family in Canada. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. As requested by Mr. Bueckert, there will be no service.
The family will have a tree planting in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospital, 1201 NE Elm St., Prineville OR 97754 or to St. Charles Home Health, 2500 NE Neff Road, Bend OR 97701.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.