Richard (Dick) O. Buck

Posted On July 6th, 2017 -

September 12, 1927 May 23, 2017 Dick was born to Ernest and Florence Buck in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 12, 1927. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and served his country as a member of the Merchant Marines. He pursued an education at both the University of Hawaii and the University of Denver. His career was focused in the hospitality industry. Early in his career, he worked at both Fred Harvey Company and Sky Chef in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he met his first wife, Betty. Then he moved back to Hawaii and worked for Spencecliff Corp. where he managed a large chain of restaurants/hotels, and, eventually, became president of the corporation; a position he held until he retired from the corporation. In 1977, he was the first person from Hawaii to be elected to the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association. He later served on the west coast as vice president of Guest Services which was headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia; while working for Guest Services, he was responsible for Mt. Rainier, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. He, additionally, served on the board of directors of the National Park Hospitality Association located in Washington, D.C. For many years, he and his second wife, Bonnie, volunteered as wildlife rehabilitators; one of his greatest passions during this time was hand feeding bears that gathered each evening off his deck at his home in Crow, Oregon. He was an avid golfer throughout his life with memberships at various golf clubs including one at Shadow Hills Country Club where he also served on the board of directors. He was also a beloved golf member of The Vagabonds, and enjoyed their weekly gatherings throughout Oregon. In addition, he and his buddies would meet annually in Palm Springs, California for golf and good company. It was at one of his golf getaways that he met his very special friend, Sandra. Together they traveled throughout the world sharing their love of art, architecture and exquisite cuisine. On May 23rd, while he and Sandra were vacationing in Hawaii, he passed away. He loved sharing jokes and telling stories, and what a story teller he was! He brought so much joy and laughter to all who heard him. He was predeceased by his sister (Edna) but is survived by a son (Michael), a daughter (Rebecca) and a stepdaughter (Susan) as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered as a highly respected, honest and compassionate man. At his request, no service is planned.

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