Francis James Buckley


SUBLETTE — Francis “Frank” James Buckley, 87, of Sublette, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Maple Crossing at Amboy with his loving wife and five children by his side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette, with Rev. Randy Fronek officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Michael Sandy Hill Cemetery, Maytown with military honors by the Amboy American Legion.  His family will receive friends from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.  Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton.  Private online condolences may be left for the family

Mr. Buckley was born on Jan. 13, 1930 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, the only child of Charles and Bridgett “Bea” (Burke) Buckley of Maytown. He grew up on the family farm in Maytown and attended Maytown Grade School. He graduated from Amboy High School in 1948. He served

in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. After basic training, he married Rosamund Garland on Nov. 29, 1951 in St. Patrick’s Church, Amboy, before shipping out to Korea. After his service, he returned to the area and he and Rosamund lived in the Sublette/Amboy area most of their married life.

He worked at a variety of jobs over the years, including Conco in Mendota, Farm Service in Lee Center, and then as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. After retiring, he drove a van for Lee County Senior Services until December of 2009. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and the Sandy Hill Cemetery Board. He enjoyed fishing and all of his grandchildren will remember his amusing anecdotes and wry observations on life.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Stephen (Kimberly) Buckley, of Palos Heights, Timothy (Deb) Buckley, of West Allis, Wis., and Lawrence (Rose) Buckley, of Sublette; two daughters, Trudy (Bob) Lahman, of Amboy, and Bridgett (Ray) Drag, of Shorewood; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his sons-in-law and grandsons.

Memorials may be directed to Sublette Community Building Restoration Fund, OLPH Church, or Sandy Hill Cemetery Fund.