George Bucklin, 1932-2019

Published 1:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial services for George M. Bucklin, 86, of Albert Lea will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Friends may greet the family beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

George Bucklin

George died surrounded by family Thursday, May 23, 2019, at The Woodlands at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea.

George Merritt Bucklin was born July 16, 1932, in Austin, the son of George Oscar and Grace Evelyn (Gill) Bucklin. He grew up in Austin, attending Austin High School.

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On Feb. 14, 1954, George was united in marriage to Helen Meister in Austin. Together they had five children.

George worked as a bricklayer and stone mason. In 1973, the family moved to Albert Lea to own and run Donut Kettle.

George was a member of Golden Glove Boxing and he enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf and playing cards.

George is survived by son, George K. Bucklin, of Bangkok, Thailand; son, David T. Bucklin, and wife, Joyce, of Mountain Lake and their children Anna and husband, Ryan Gerber and their children Cameron, Nolan and Reese; David; Dima and wife, Rachel; and Nadya; daughter, Jeanne E. O’Neal, and husband, Scott, of Houston, Texas, and their children Ryan and wife, Tiffany, and their children Cash and Beau; Jordan and wife, Caitlin; daughter, Jayne E. Iverson, and husband, Chad, of Hayward and their children Emma and Noah; granddaughter, Laurel Bucklin Robinson, and husband, Jon, of Portland, Oregon, and their children Owen, Carter and Lilly; and sister, Ruth Bucklin White, and husband, Gordy.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; parents George and Grace; son, Robin; brother, Frank; and daughter-in-law, Uan.