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Updated: 01/03/2018 08:00:10AM

John D. Buckingham

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John David Buckingham, 73, passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2017 in the hospice unit of Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring, Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice (Cozine) of Indianapolis. They were married for 37 years.

Dave was born in Bloomington, Indiana on Jan. 27, 1944 to Dr. Richard E. and Dorothea Buckingham. Dave was a 1962 graduate of University High School in Bloomington, Indiana.

He was trained as an automotive mechanic at Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis and retired as a teacher of diesel mechanics from Roadway Trucking Company. His interests included genealogy, wildlife, travel, computers, professional football, and NASCAR races.

After retirement, Dave and Bea sold their home in Indiana and lived in a motor home for more than five years. They traveled extensively throughout Texas, the Deep South and the Midwest during these years. They wintered as volunteers at state parks in Florida. They eventually gave up the RV lifestyle and settled in Sebring, Florida. They were members of Whispering Pines Baptist Church of Sebring.

He is survived by four brothers, Richard Buckingham of Green Valley, Arizona, Thomas Buckingham of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Stephen Buckingham of Tallahassee, Florida, and Richard Illner of the Canary Islands, Spain. He is also survived by his children, Kerry Ann Fletcher (Sam) of Zionsville, Indiana and John William Buckingham of Sheridan, Indiana; and five grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, and Lindsey Fletcher, and Connor and Amy Buckingham.

A small memorial service will be held at Whispering Pines Baptist Church, 303 White Pine Drive, Sebring, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Memorial contributions can be made to Vitas Community Connection at Designate Central Florida as the recipient as they are the ones who served Dave in his final days. Contributions can also be made to Whispering Pines Baptist Church, and the National Fragile X Foundation at

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