Peter Dennis Buckley

Born: Thu., Mar. 7, 1935
Died: Thu., Oct. 10, 2013

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
Location: Augusta Senior Citizens Center

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Peter D. Buckley, 78, of Augusta, passed away surrounded by his family on October 10, 2013, in Great Falls, Montana. 

Born in County Cork, Ireland on March 7, 1935, Peter immigrated to the United States in 1950 at the age of 15.  After living on his uncle’s ranch in Wyoming, working sheep and herding cows, he turned to construction.  His first job was as foreman building the hospital in Thermopolis before moving to Hardin, MT, where he was foreman on the construction of the Hardin high school.  He built many homes on the reservation before coming to Augusta, MT.  After working for the Soap Creek Cattle Co., he built houses, ran heavy machinery and eventually set up a woodworking shop.  Pete’s handy work can be seen in the furniture and cabinets in houses all over the area.  In 1995 Pete married Barbara (Jody) Young.  Together they made a wonderful life traveling the country, gopher hunting, woodworking and playing cribbage.

He is survived by wife and sweetheart “ Little Jody”; Pete’s children Rita, Shane, and John, and grandchildren Shane Thomas, John Tanner, Mandy, and Michael; Jody’s children Christi Cuffe (Matt) and Dale Young (Sheila) and grandchildren, Mac and Breezi Cuffe and Dylan Young, and numerous friends.  We will all miss his unique observations, stories, jokes, and sometimes brutally honest advice.  

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013, starting at 1:00 at the Augusta Youth Center.  Please bring stories and memories of Pete to share. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Augusta Volunteer Ambulance Department.

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Barry and Kathie
   Posted Sat October 12, 2013
We are so sorry. Pete was a great guy with a big smile who loved to see others laugh. We know how much he meant to you and know he will be missed. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love, Barry and Kathie

Kari Sarmiento
   Posted Sun October 13, 2013
I am so sorry for everyone's loss. Unfortunately I did not havethe pleasure of getting to know Uncle Peet very well, but he sounded like a neat man. My heart and prayers go out to Aunt Jody and all his family.

Lisa Lame Quinn
   Posted Mon October 14, 2013
I will always remember Pete and the stories and jokes he told. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. May he rest in peace.

Gil & Barb Engel
   Posted Mon October 14, 2013
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. What memories you will always have, and may that be a comfort in the days ahead>

Barbra Engel
   Posted Tue October 15, 2013

TROPICAL DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by your loving cousins, Gil .

Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and forever. May Pete rest in peace and may you rest knowing where he is!!! We wish we were there in Montana with you - but so many miles.

Millie (Allen) Kindle
   Posted Tue October 15, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Pete's passing. He had a wicked sense of humor but was an awesome friend to those around him. I remember him working on several people's houses and him showing us how he was fixing cabinets. It made me realize that I can do remodeling with the right tools. He will be missed.

Tamara Mulheim
   Posted Tue October 15, 2013
Jody and Family,
My heart is so very sad to hear of Pete's passing. I can't say enough how Pete touched my life. He always encouraged me to keep going and do better things in life. His honesty, laughter, and knowledge is what made him a true friend of mine. When Pete met you I had never seen him so happy to find the LOVE of his life. This world has truly lost a great gentleman.
All my love,

   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
Boy, I was surprised to hear about Pete. Can remember him all throughout my time in Augusta. Kinda a mainstay. RIP Peter Buckley

Harlem, Montana

The Elton Familiy
   Posted Fri October 25, 2013
To the Buckley Family:
My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of Mr. Buckley. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. When we read Genesis 1:28 and 31, we find that sickness and death were not a part of God's original purpose. With this in mind, one thing that comforted me after the loss of my parents is our Creator's plan to restore his original purpose and make it possible for all mankind (including loved ones we have lost in death) to live forever under perfect conditions. (Revelation 21:3-5; John 5:28,29) It is our hope that these words bring you a measure of comfort during this difficult time. Once again, please accept our condolences as you deal with the loss of Mr. Buckley and contemplate the hope of seeing him again.

Linda (Hanson) Mickelson
   Posted Tue November 19, 2013
so sorry to hear about Pete. One of the True characters who enrich our life experiences. So glad you two found each other Jody. I can imagine the fun and laughter it brought to your life.

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