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George Merritt Bucklin

July 16, 1932 ~ May 23, 2019 (age 86)

Memorial services for George M. Bucklin, age 86, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.  Pastor John Holt will officiate. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.  Friends may greet the family beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at


George died surrounded by family on 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.  On February 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 the 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, MN 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, MN and their children, Emma and Noah; granddaughter, Laurel Bucklin Robinson and husband Jon of Portland, Oregon and their children, Owen, Carter, and Lilly; 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.

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