On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. following countless sets and numerous encores for adoring fans, Larry Buck gracefully exited the stage, after a raucous ovation.
He was 75 years old.
He shook a few hands, signed a few autographsand smiled at the ladies for the last time.
He has taken the big show celestial, and the players who went before him are tuning up and are ready to jam.
Larry was born Nov. 2, 1944 in Oak, Missouri, to Leo and Hazel (Heinz) Buck.
He married Margaret Chesney on Dec. 30, 1965 and married Shirley Vann on Sept. 27, 1997.
He was a 1962 Central High School graduate and matriculated at Central Methodist University.
Larry was a realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein & Summers Real Estate.
He was also a former teacher, resort owner, event promoter and owner/operator of The Sunset Grill.
Larry's life was defined by his love for performing and promoting live music.
He was a storyteller, many of those stories (it turns out) are actually true.
He never met a stranger. If you were his friend, you were his best friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hazel and sister, Bonnie and her husband, Harold.
Survivors include: children: Mike, Lin and Jamie, bonus children: Kent, Kevin, Theran, Chad and Christi; daughters-in-law: Sara, Kathy, Valerie, Tammy and Angela; twenty-some grandchildren; and maybe a dozen great-grandchildren.
We've lost count of the people he held dear, including many cousins, nieces and nephews; too many to account for, so we didn't even try. But he loved you all.
The family will gather with friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9 Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.
All guest are required to wear masks.
Private Farewell Service & Public Livestream: 3 p.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to The Midwest Music Foundation which supports wellness services, educational opportunities and access to musicians throughout our area.
Donations can be made at: midwestmusicfoundation.org/donate.
Livestreaming of service (available for viewing up to 30 days), online guestbook and obituary, visit: www.meierhoffer.com, to view livestream, click obituary, "tribute wall" & select play.
A true Celebration of Life worthy of him (yes, a big rock concert and jam session) is being planned and will hopefully be held in the Fall.
www.meierhoffer.com As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.