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Jun 30, 2013 - Staff
Ronnie Buckingham, of Riverton, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his daughter's home after a lengthy illness. He was 61 years old.
Per his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, at the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.
Ronnie Mike Buckingham was born June 6, 1952, in Livingston, Mont., the son of Ethel Barnes and Russell Van Hook. He was raised in Thermopolis by his adopted parents, Mike and Gwen (Hudson) Buckingham.
He graduated from Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis 1970. He joined the Army after graduation and was stationed in California. After he was discharged, he came home to Wyoming. He attended Devry University in Phoenix and earned a bachelor's degree in electronics in 1989.
In 1974, he married Karen Skidmore, and they had three children: Heather Dawn, Ronda Michelle and Ronnie Mike. They divorced in 1998.
Mr. Buckingham worked in the oilfield for most of his life, moving where the rigs went until his children started school.
He then settled in Riverton and worked as a driller and derrick man. He worked for Nabors, Parker, Nucor, Exeter, Barnhart, SST and Fields Drilling, to name a few.
His family said he loved hunting, fishing and camping, "and above all, he loved spending time with his family and children, who were his world. He was just a big kid himself."
His family says he loved playing jokes on people, and he was a big daredevil "and a little crazy. Even with his health failing, he still got up on water skis and surprised all of his family last summer. He just loved it."
He is survived by his children, Heather Buckingham and her companion Mike Prosser, Ronda Buckingham and her companion Mike McMaster, Kurtis Buckingham, Katrina Buckingham and Olie Buckingham; sisters Kay Heller and son Kristopher of Casper, and Karen Sederquist and daughters Brand and Sonia of California; grandchildren Sheldon Buckingham, Reece Prosser, Zaryc Prosser, Kyle McMaster, Hallie McMaster, Kendra McMaster and Patrick McMaster.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Barnes; adopted parents Mike and Gwen Buckingham; sister Sharon Gillium; and son Ronnie Mike.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com).