Obituaries & Tributes

Richard "Dick" Grant Buckovic

date of birth February 7 1927

date of death June 6 2019

Richard “Dick” Grant Buckovic

February 7, 1927 – June 6, 2019

Former Molalla resident, Richard “Dick” G. Buckovic, 92, passed away on Jun6, 2019 at Bonaventure in Albany

Dick was born in Napavine, Washington to Joseph and Bertha Buckovic on February 7, 1927. He attended Napavine High School, graduation in 1946. He played basketball and football while in high school, playing on the undefeated team of 1944. His high school years were interrupted by military service in World War II. After earning an honorable discharge from the Navy at the war’s conclusion, Dick returned to Napavine to complete his high school education, graduation in the class of 1946.

Dick attended Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) graduation in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in general agriculture. He went on to graduate school at Oregon State, where he earned a Master of Science degree in agricultural farm crops in 1952.

On August 20, 1950, Dick married Mary E. McCall in Rainier, Oregon. The lived in Corvallis, Oregon while completing school and then moved to Scio where taught at Scio High School for three years.

In 1955, The Buckovics moved to Salem wher Dick Taught on year at North Salem High School before moving to Molalla in 1956 where Dick taught vocation agriculture for 26 years at the Molalla Union High School, retiring in 1983.

For much of the 60s, Dick and Mary raised strawberries on their property and in 1972 started a evergreen plant nursery which they had for 20 years.

Dick was active in politics and served on the Molalla City Council, serving 2 terms as mayor from 1973-1980.

Hobbies included fishing, hunting, mining exploration and traveling around the United States, Canada and Europe, along with New Zealand, Australia, and the Caribbean Islands.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bertha Buckovic; two brothers; Fred and Warren Buckovic, his wife; Mary, and son; Mark Buckovic.

He is survived by his daughter; Linda (Mike) Garcia of Albany, Oregon; grandchildren, Erin and Ryan (Elizabeth) and great grandchild; Jayce of Albany; sister in law, Anna Neer of Longview, Washington and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family burial will be held at Willamette national Cemetery on a June 18, 2019

A celebration of life will be held at the Arrowhead Golf Club also at a June 22, 2018 at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to be made to the Molalla Methodist Church in Dick’s name and the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s, 1650 NW Naito Pkwy #190, Portland, Oregon 97209.

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Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.

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Candle lit by Jean&John Anderson We’re thinking of you

Candle lit by Mark Rostvold Dick was the only instructor at Molalla High who inspired me. Because of his encouragement, I got degrees from OSU, Cornell, and Tufts. Also a good career in the US Army. Then 39 years with Deere & Co . Most of people in Molalla figured I would be sitting on a curb drinking wine by this time, but, because of someone like Dick I made it. Thank you Dick Buckoviv,my mentor.

Candle lit by Laura Linn You will live on in my heart. Love you Uncle Dick!

Candle lit by Jana Pilcher Weissenbuehler Mr. Buckovic was an awesome teacher. He taught me a lot...v

Candle lit by Kevin Sewell Mr. Buckovic was to me the best Teacher I ever had. I was not the best student but he communicated in a way that made me listen. I have told people all around the USA about the great influence he had on the work ethic he instilled in me as a member of the Molalla FAA chapter. I'm just sorry I didn't know until today he passed. Thanks for all Fig cookies on the way to the Farm to do the work that he loved to teach. What a Great Teacher, Community leader and Great Person.

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