John Lee Buckles
Major, United States Air Force
John Lee Buckles, 80, a retired Air Force Major and procurement officer who was purchasing and supply superintendent for the Prince William County schools in the 1970s, died of a heart attack July 14, 2003 at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He moved from Vienna to Merritt Island, Florida, 24 years ago.
Major Buckles was a native of Springfield, Illinois, who attended the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland. He served in Italy during World War II and in Korea during the war there. Other postings included Okinawa and Japan. He retired in 1967 as supply officer for Bolling Air Force Base.
His honors included an Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Retired Officers Association, American Legion, Shriners and Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lucille
Buckles of Merritt Island; eight children, Barbara Thomas of Vienna, Helene
Cassell of Oakton, Janet La Monica of Merritt Island, Patricia Buckles,
currently stationed with the Agency for International Development in Peru,
Pamela Storch of East Palmetto, Fla., Kathleen Buckles of Odenton, Lucille
"Sally" Buckles of Detroit and Navy Cmdr. John L. Buckles of Fairfax; two
sisters; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
John was a retired Air Force veteran of World War II and Korea, also retired from Prince William County Virginia School District as a Superintendent of Purchasing and Supply.
He was a member of the VFW, past Commander of the American Legion Post in Vienna, VA, a member of the Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Eagles, and Kenna Shrine Temple.
Mr. Buckles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lucille; son, Commander John L. Buckles; seven daughters, Barbara Thomas, Helene Cassell, Janet La Monica, Patricia Buckles, Pamela Storch, Kathleen Buckles, and Lucille "Sally" Buckles. He is also survived by two sisters, Genevieve Hughes, and Helene Rachford; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services with full military honors
will be held at 8:30 on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at Arlington National