James B. Buck

James B. Buck

October 17, 1965 – April 13, 2022

Beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, gone too soon. Survived by wife of 31 years, Jayne; children: Briana, Brody and Breleigh; and his Wisconsin siblings.

CELEBRATION OF JIM’S LIFE begins with VISITATION on Saturday, April 30th from 12noon to 1pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE at 1pm.

To view a live broadcast of the Memorial Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


James Bernard Buck, 56, from Omaha, Nebraska, passed away on April 13, 2022, of a sudden heart attack. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend — and was taken from us too soon.

Jim was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 17, 1965,  to the late William and Kathryn Buck. He grew up in the village of Saukville, Wisconsin, along with his five siblings.  He attended high school in Port Washington, Wisconsin and excelled in football as a Port “Pirate”. He graduated high school in 1984 and received multiple honors in football.

He went on to play football for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits in Brookings, South Dakota and graduated college in 1989, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science. Jim met his wife Jayne, during college and they married in 1991, in Yankton, South Dakota. They lived in Omaha and were blessed with three children.

An entrepreneur at heart, Jim and his wife have owned several businesses over the years. His recent life’s work was investing in real estate and renovating homes, “flipping homes”.  Jim thoroughly enjoyed the transformation process and took great satisfaction in the finished product. He worked hard, played hard, lived hard and loved hard.

More than anything, he loved spending time with his family. He coached youth sports for his kids when they were young and never missed a dance or chorus recital, music concert, art show, sporting or school event. He supported his wife and kids in all their endeavors, and nothing made him prouder than to see his kids pursuing their dreams and goals as adults. He was their biggest fan.

Jim loved boating, family parties and barbecues. If the Bucks were hosting, you knew that you were in for a real treat from the grill. There were many good times spent with family and friends. And despite the distance, Jim always maintained close ties with his family and relatives in Wisconsin.  He looked forward to his daily football conversations with his son, brothers and friends.

Jim had a big heart and was very giving of his time. He was always lending a helping hand to whoever needed it and made people smile with his jokes and humor. We are so grateful for our time on this earth with this beautiful human being. Now, it is time for Jim to join his heavenly family where he will be our guardian angel throughout life. We will all be together again someday. Our “Rock” will be dearly missed, and he is surely driving a boat off into the sunset.

Jim is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jayne, and their three children, Briana, Brody and Breleigh;  three brothers, Terrance (Shelly) Buck, Daniel (Shawn) Buck, and Matthew Buck; two sisters, Jennifer (William) Erhardt and Micky (David) Treske; his mother’s sister, Mary Ann Rusch;  his father’s sister; Karen Thorstenson (John); his father’s brother, John Lundstrom (Sandy); mother and father-in-law, Maureen and Leon Abler; sister-in-laws, Candyce (Gary) Koch, Susan Abler, Lynette Abler, and Shari Abler; eleven nephews, four nieces, three great nephews and one great niece; many extended relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Kathryn Buck and his mother’s brother, Elroy Rusch.

Jim was a tissue donor and helped many recipients in need. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be directed by the family.

Celebration of Jim’s life begins with VISITATION on Saturday, April 30th from 12 noon to 1 pm, at the West Center Chapel, followed by MEMORIAL SERVICE at 1pm and refreshments to follow.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14:1-3

In lieu of flowers, please donate on behalf of the family to Wounded Warrior Project that provides programs for Veterans or Tunnel for Towers Foundation that builds homes for wounded veterans and their families.



  • Kathy Britenstine-salavec Posted April 16, 2022 2:29 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss and and Jim works with my son flipping houses and he was very very fond of gym very fond of him I’m so sorry

  • Todd and DelRae Abler Posted April 17, 2022 10:18 pm

    Dear Jayne, family and friends of Jim, We hold you in our prayers and trust that God’s Holy Spirit comforts you in the coming days. With heavy hearts, we share your sorrow.

  • Shelli A German Posted April 22, 2022 6:52 pm

    He was a great man and great friend.

  • Jackson Posted April 23, 2022 1:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  • Ted and Lori Ortale Posted April 23, 2022 2:07 pm

    Jim was a good guy and teammate. I have many great memories of playing with Jim at SDSU. Lori and I send our deepest condolences.

  • Mark and Michele Thomson Posted April 23, 2022 5:08 pm

    Wishing all the best for Jim’s family and God Bless-

  • Mark Minier Posted April 24, 2022 4:41 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jim was always decent and kind, even when some of his teammates were not. I remember a few parties I would not have walked out of if not for him, and the respect in which he was held. Hugs Jayne.

  • Jeff Hohner Posted April 30, 2022 10:57 am

    Only spent a short time with Jimmy Sorry to here about your loss.

  • Greg Farley Posted May 1, 2022 4:40 pm

    Hey Jayne,
    You and your family have my sincere condolences. Jim was the first person I met in August of 1984 on the campus of SDSU. He told me about driving from Wisconsin to get to Brookings. I felt so much better about being so far from home knowing that Jim was also a long way from his home!

  • Del Lyren Posted October 24, 2022 1:28 pm

    I was so surprised and saddened to see this in SDSU Alumni magazine. My sincere condolences to your entire family. Jim and I were good friends during our freshman year at SDSU. I have very fond memories of him.

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