Buckley James Hamilton, age 57 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD. due to complications of Covid-19.
Funeral services will be on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Randolph, Nebraska with PMA Richard Bloomquist and PMA Dwight Brummels officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date at the Randolph Cemetery in Randolph, NE. Visitation with his body present will be on Thursday from 5-8:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Randolph, Nebraska. Visitation on Friday will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Hamilton, Brian Hamilton, Zachary Hamilton, Chris Klug, Mark “Hippie” Reagan, and Clayton Lammers.
Buckley James was born on September 27, 1964 in Osmond, Nebraska to Robert and Neva (McDonald) Hamilton. He grew up in Randolph and attended school there. Buckley was a hard-working man that had many jobs throughout his life. A man that could do just about anything. If he didn’t know how to do it, he would figure it out, he always figured it out. He found his passion in driving over the road and he was good at it. He had great success and gradually was able to build up to a fleet of 11 trucks. He loved to drive and prided himself in never letting a truck sit for a week. If one of his drivers were sick or wanted to take time off, he would jump behind the wheel with no questions asked.
Buckley also had a great passion for music. He picked up a guitar at an early age and taught himself to play by watching others play. He couldn’t read a single note of music but he could play just about any song you requested. He also rarely had the lyrics right but he could play it right and would every chance he got.
Buckley lucked out with having five children that loved and adored him. He knew they loved him and loved them back beyond words. That love was plentiful enough to spill over to their children too. He loved being a Dad and that love was topped only by being Grandpa Buck.
It took Buckley about 14 years, but he finally wore down the love of his life and best friend Toni Peitz Hamilton. They were married June 6, 2009 in Hartington, NE. He would tell anyone who would listen how much he loved her and, to that, she would roll her eyes. He would tell her he loved her every day, no matter what. She would tell him every day that she loved him more, since he was harder to love!
Buckley had a big heart and a big personality. This was displayed often through the best, most infectious laugh. If you were ever looking for Buck, all you had to do was stop and listen.
We will miss so many things about him, but most of all, we will miss Buckley. It’s not going to be the same without you.
Buckley is survived by his wife, Toni Marie of Hartington; five children Cody Shipps and girlfriend Heather Brandt of Norfolk, NE, Robyn Hamilton of Niobrara, NE, Chad Shipps of Yankton, SD, Thomasina Robinette of Winnetoon, NE, Rochelle (Chris) Klug of Santee, NE; 20 grandchildren; father Robert Hamilton of McCook, NE five siblings Bobby (Kathy) Hamilton of Louisville, NE, Becky (Toby) McDonald of Fremont, NE, Misty Hamilton of Randolph, NE, Molly (Jason) Weiss of McCook, NE, Morgan Hamilton of Randolph, NE.
He was preceded in death by his mother Neva Lovejoy; brothers Brian and Billy Hamilton.