Kenneth Duane Bucklin

Sigourney- Kenneth Duane Bucklin was born August 5, 1939, on the family farm near Baxter, Iowa. He was a son of Edward & Helen (Pershall) Bucklin. He attended country school through 8th grade and graduated from Baxter High School. Kenneth received his B.S. in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 1962, and was a licensed Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in Iowa until retirement. He retired from French-Reneker-Associates, Inc, in December 2004 after being employed as marketing director and project manager. During his last 10 years of employment there he served as President and CEO of the firm. Prior to joining French-Reneker-Associates, Inc, he spent 7 years with the Iowa Highway Commission and 13 years as County Engineer. In May of 1963 his civilian career was interrupted by a military obligation. He went on active duty with the Army Corps of Engineers and spent two years as a platoon leader and as commanding officer of a combat engineering company (Company B, First Engineer Battalion, First Army Division, known as Big Red One), stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. 

On December 26, 1972, Kenneth was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Dabney, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They built a home on a farm northwest of Sigourney where they raised their two daughters. 

Kenneth was a member of the Sigourney United Methodist Church, Sigourney Kiwanis and the Fairfield Rotary Club. In his free time Ken enjoyed woodworking, photography, genealogy, and maintenance on the farm. Traveling for family vacations and boating on Lake Rathbun were just a couple of places where they created many lasting memories as a family. Kenneth died on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, at the age of 84 years.

He is survived by his wife Beverly of Sigourney; two daughters Kimberly (Matthew) Shera of Sigourney and Jenny Bucklin of Clive; two grandchildren Maitlynn Bucklin-Pagano and Owen Shera; three brothers Eugene (Jean) Bucklin of Oakes, North Dakota, David (Mary) Bucklin and Denny (Lois) Bucklin all of Baxter; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents and an infant brother Donald Bucklin.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at the Sigourney United Methodist Church in Sigourney. Burial will be in the Restland Cemetery, Baxter. Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in Sigourney. Memorials may be given to the Sigourney United Methodist Church, Iowa State University foundation, or Baxter Community School Scholarships. Messages and tributes may be left at



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