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Born on October 19, 1934 in Prairie Grove, AR to Mark and Edith (Brazeal) Rose, Buck was raised and educated in Foyil. This is the community he called home for most of his life. He graduated from Foyil Public Schools with the class of 1953. Buck continued his education on a basketball scholarship at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, as part of the National Guard. Buck provided for his family working as a superintendent for Peabody Coal Company. While there he was relocated to Kayenta, AZ for 5 years. Buck also worked for Allegheny Steel in Claremore where he retired. On August 17, 1977 Buck married Becky Andrews in an Independence, KS ceremony.
While playing basketball as a young man Buck received the leading county scoring title in 1952-1953. He was already doing jump shots when many of his fellow team mates and opponents were still attempting set shots. Fifteen hundred fans would come to watch the kid from Foyil shoot over the outstretched arms of taller defenders. Ernie Smart, Tulsa World/Claremore Progress sports writer, said that Buck was one of the best shooters he had ever seen.
When his children and grandchildren came along and played sports, he was their biggest fan. Ready with any tips to improve their game or a free word of advice for their coaches. Buck even coached Radley and Rodney's little league baseball team. Family said Buck received just a few speeding trips driving to Phoenix to watch his son play football.
Known for his infectious laugh and enjoyment of the simpler things in life; it wasn't uncommon to see Buck riding around his yard on the lawnmower or golf cart. He enjoyed swing dancing and even taught his daughter Rhonda how. Golf was another favorite pass time and he played up until his eye site no longer allowed it.
This husband, father, Pa, brother, and friend will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Buck is survived by his wife Becky, children, Rodney Rose and wife Debbie, Rhonda Wood and husband Tray, and Amanda Snellling and husband John McClain, grandchildren, Tiffany Barnum and husband Jason, Samantha Vandyke and husband Jason, Nicole Rose, Whitney Goodwin, Wade Goodwin, Jamee Wood, Will Wood, Asa Thomas, Abi McClain, Rance Corp, Robin Corp, and Bryan Provence and wife Stephanie, sixteen great grandchildren and one more on the way, brother, Eddie Rose and wife Jeanette, and brother-in-law Wayne Kellehan and numerous nieces and nephews. Buck was preceded in death by his parents, son, Radley Rose, daughter, Randa Johnson, sisters, Joyce Kellehan and Mary Franklin and her husband Wilburn, brother, Bill Rose and his wife Connie.
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