Major General John H. Buckner

SAN ANTONIO Major General John H. Buckner, 90, died Saturday, December 12, 2009.

A Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, December 21, 2009 at the Air Force Village II Chapel, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd, San Antonio. Viewing will be held today from 3-8 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Street in San Antonio.

General Buckner was a great American who served God, country, and the United States Air Force. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was born in Cleburne and graduated from the United States Military Academy in January 1943. He was a D-Day planner for World War II; and flew P-47s in World War II, F-86s in Korea and several fighter aircraft in Vietnam. He had a distinguished military career with numerous command positions and retired as a Major General in 1971. Following his military service he built bridges throughout the state of Texas and served a tour as President of the Texas Association of General Contractors. He was a devoted Rotarian and was a chapter President. He served, he lead, and he will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents John F. and Eleanor; wife Ann; sister Marietta and husband Dr. James Curtis; brother, Irwin and wife Jane; Brother Arthur and wife Margaret; and Brother Dan and wife Gwen.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Jean Buckner; son John Jr. and wife Ann; son Robert and wife Mary; daughter Lynn Rich; grandchildren: Jill Buckner, Emilia Rich, Lt. Col. Greg Buckner and wife, Lisa; sisters-in-law, Jane Kusel and Glenda Buckner (wife of Dan); and numerous other family and friends.

Published December 20, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune