Dale Eugene Buck
{ "" }
Share Dale's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

August 21, 1954 ~ June 18, 2015
"Dale was a kind and gentle father,
a loving husband, a true and loyal friend,
a mentor to scores of young people, a man of few words, but the words he spoke were essential."

Dale Eugene Buck, 60, born in Vancouver, WA, was tragically killed last Thurs., June 18, 2015.
Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Dale Buck, loved him. He was an artist in the truest sense of the word. Dale left a legacy of elegant stonework throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He was a painter, a poet, and a landscape artist of epic proportions. If you ever visited their five acre home in Ridgefield, WA of 30 years, you would have marveled at the grace and elegance this man could finesse out of a pile of rocks and logs and earth.
But even all of his visual artistry is dwarfed
by the artistry with which he crafted his relationships to the people in his life, because Dale saw
everything and everybody through a lense of love.
We miss him so much.
Dale is survived by his wife, Susan Degenhardt-Buck; their three children, Benjamin Buck, Sarah Buck, and Nicholas Buck; his mother, Kathleen Buck-Cooper; brothers, John Buck, Don Buck, Tom Buck, and Tim Buck; and sisters, Susan Buck and Mary Hart.
If you would like to help us celebrate his amazing life, please join us on Thurs., June 25, 12-6 p.m. at: Peterson Farms (red barn), 1605 Caples Road, Woodland, WA 98674.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Columbian on Jun. 23, 2015.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
43 entries
July 3, 2015
Sue I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Deb Franzen
June 29, 2015
Sue I just found out, I am so so sorry, there are no words that are right to say except we love you. Dale was an amazing man and he loves you all so much. He may not be here anymore but his love shines on through you and your babies. Big hugs.
Shannon Garcia
June 28, 2015
Sue and family,
Words are difficult to find at a time like this. Ramone told me about your sudden, tragic loss and I just want you and your family to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Continue to surround yourself with those you love and just take each day at a time.
Judy Baker
June 27, 2015
What a sad time. Heart felt condolences to all the family.
sherry Holcomb
June 26, 2015
Dear Sue and Family,
Terry and I just learned about the tragic loss of Dale, we were away. Great man, coach, neighbor, friend of all who knew the talented Dale. He is a long time good memory in our entire family starting with our trees, Ben's first coach in soccer, and always happy to swap family comings and goings with. We are so... lucky to have worked with Dale just a few weeks ago as you know and catch up. We feel his absence greatly and from family to family stay close.
Sorry for your loss. Love the Gertsens
Gary, Terry Gertsen
June 26, 2015
My heartaches for the entire Buck Family. Your strength will move you forward in your time of sorrow. The Class of '72 lost a great guy too soon. Sincerely, Sherry Bosch
Sherry Hanson Bosch
June 25, 2015
Sue so very sorry for your loss. Words can't express. Thinking of you all
Karen Demarco
June 25, 2015
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Bryan, Danny Ana & Mike Henderson
June 25, 2015
Dale was an amazing man and a beautiful person. I almost don't know what to say. I have been blessed to have Dale & the Buck family welcome me with open arms into their home and come to my rescue time after time. Your marriage and family have acted as a model and aspiration for my own. Your countless words of wisdom will stay with me forever. I am absolutely stunned and broken hearted for your family and those closest to Dale. With so much love, gratitude, respect and my most heartfelt condolences.
Jennifer Anderberg
June 24, 2015
Sue I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful man. You have so many wonderful memories together. I will be out of town Thursday but will be thinking of you as you celebrate his life. My prayers are with you and your family now and may God give you comfort during this hard time.
Joy Pieper
June 24, 2015
Rest in peace Dale and may the great stories of your wonderful life be shared with all. A fine friend, husband, father, and woodsman he will be truly missed. My family sends there love and prayers to the Buck family and the many friends gathering to celebrate his life.
Casey Witt
June 24, 2015
Rest in peace Dale and may the stories of your wonderful life be shared forever! I always enjoyed a good Dale Buck story and will miss him greatly. A fine husband, father, and woodsman indeed. My family sends its love and prayers to the Bucks on this sad day.
Casey Witt
June 24, 2015
My heart breaks for Dale's family and friends. He was an amazing man, so peaceful, so gracious, such a sweetheart - he sure loved his family. What a blessing to have had him in your life. So sorry for your loss. With much love, hugs all around.
Amy Myers
June 24, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Debbie Hutter
June 24, 2015
Some men are bigger than others, Dale was a solid mountain.
William Doty
June 24, 2015
Sue, I am so very sorry for your loss of this man who was so dear to you. What wonderful memories you have together. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be out of town Thursday but will be thinking of you as your celebrate his wonderful life. Blessing to you and your family.
Joy Pieper
June 24, 2015
my prayers go out to Dales family, worked with him several times early on logging. He was a Real man and one of the finest loggers I ever meet !!
Joey Wooldridge
June 24, 2015
My condolences to the entire Buck family. Dale was a great guy and good friend. I will never forget that sly, knowing smile and his great sense of humor. Rest in Peace my friend.
Pat Cahill
June 24, 2015
Dale was a wonderful, peaceful soul. He was so very welcoming and always gave a great hug whether you were coming or going. I loved hearing the stories he shared with my husband, Wally, about their adventures over the last 50 years of doing life together. Wally teased him relentlessly and Dale always had a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile. In my short 3 1/2 years of knowing Dale and Sue, I fell in love with their story and admired their marriage and family.
The Buck family got together just a few weekends prior to the accident. I was very aware of details of that day as I talked with everyone... more so than usual. I noticed in particular that Dale was serving everyone, tending to everyone's needs, feeding them... even though he himself could not eat or even drink beer. He had a medical procedure scheduled for the following day and he was fasting... he had the willpower of steel while continuing to serve everyone. I was touched to find out that stories of his service to his friends, family, and even mere acquaintances were coming out of the woodwork. Dale had a servant's heart. What a great legacy he left behind... a wake of infinite love in the hearts of his family and friends. I am honored to have known and loved him.
Suzanne Grover
June 23, 2015
So sorry to all the Buck family and friends. We will miss that man tremendously. We just loved him and his family. Was so wonderful to spend a week with him in our home in Alaska in May, while he and my husband worked together landscaping our place. And what a beautiful job he did. Everytime we look out there we will see Dale. What an impact he and his family has left on so many peoples lives. I'm sure he's smiling down at us all from heaven. Love you guys.
Jeanette Haydu
June 23, 2015
Dale was a wonderful friend and classmate. Gentle, kind and always gracious to everyone. My prayers are with all of his family during this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort.
Rinda (Beebe) Williams
June 23, 2015
God rest your soul, my friend and classmate. My prayers for your family and friends at this time of sadness.
Woodland High School Class of '72
Shirley Sorensen-Griggs
June 23, 2015
So very sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of you.
Tom and Marsha Fifer
June 23, 2015
We are so very sorry to hear of Dale's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim & Dee Riddell
June 23, 2015
The Bucks were instrumental in welcoming our family to Ridgefield so many years ago. Dale was a great role model to one of my boys, Ryan, and he learned many life lessons while being around him. I will always remember how proud he was of Nick when Nick competed in the Washington state high school soccer tournament. We will miss his presence around town. Our thoughts are with the Buck family.
Callahan Family
June 23, 2015
Tim, Cindy & Family, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Though I never met Dale, he sounds like a sweet man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Cath
June 23, 2015
My condolences to all of Dale's family and many friends.
Linda Colf
June 23, 2015
Our condolences to your whole family. May you find some small comfort in knowing how much love is in this world because of him.
Jules and Kimberly De La Cruz/Saint Laurent
June 23, 2015
You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace cousin.
Donna Marshall
June 23, 2015
So very sorry for your great loss! Praying for your whole family for peace.
Tina Willhite
June 23, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all. God Bless.
Patsy Newton
June 23, 2015
Prayers to all of you,a great man, he will be missed by many.
Donna Paul
June 23, 2015
I am so sorry. I have not seen him in a very long time.
Edna Collyer(brood)
June 23, 2015
I'm sorry that I didn't get the opportunity to meet this great guy. It seems that our paths should have crossed. I'm so sorry you lost this wonderful member of your family.
Fawn McArthur
June 23, 2015
To the family; I am so sorry to hear that you lost him. I did not get to know him very well but from what I knew of him he was a great dad, husband, and all around one of the good ones. He will be missed.
Bonnie Fuller
June 23, 2015
I cannot express the deep sorrow felt by this loss. The Bucks have taken me into their family and treated me like their own for many years. I know that I am only one of many who have been loved by them in this way. We made many memories together and I was able to see just how much Dale loved his family and their friends. He went out of his way to show his love for me and I will never forget him.
Nikki Harrington
June 23, 2015
Just being around Dale was peaceful and serene...spending time at his home among the beautiful landscape that he created. To know him and spend time with him was such a privilege. My daughter was blessed to have him as her God parent, "Uncle", friend, mentor and most of all her bullfrog buddy. He was the best frog catcher ever! Our hearts will forever be heavy but our spirits will always be lifted by the wonderful memories Dale gave us.
Lynda Anderson
June 23, 2015
If you knew Dale there is nothing I can say you don't already know. Good man, Good friend. Rest in peace, till we meet again.
Mark Holbrook
June 23, 2015
Very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers to you all that feel the heavy sorrow of loosing Dale.
Brandon LoRe
June 23, 2015
I'm so sorry I never got to know Dale even if we were cousins, but have heard so many kind things said about him. I know he's safe in the arms of our Lord.
Judy Osmaberg
June 23, 2015
Condolence to the family, we shall light a candle for his spirit.
Chuck Thomas
June 23, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss I loved coaching soccer with him he was a great guy I will miss him.he was the closes thing to a mountain man I ever met.
June 23, 2015
I only met Dale a few times while at Lucy's Garden, his next door neighbors. He helped build many areas of that beautiful venue. Every person that strolls along the main path or gazes at the rock walls will be enjoying his talents in landscape design work. A beautiful soul has moved on to a bigger design venue and will be greatly missed.
Maureen O'Reilly
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences