Former Allen resident Danny Eugene Buck departed this life on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Dan was born March 13, 1937 to Robert L. and Ethel Haddock Buck in Oklahoma City. He grew up in the Oklahoma City area, attending and graduating from Putnam City High School in 1955. Dan later enlisted in the U.S. Army.
While Danny was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas he met Virginia Smith. They were married on July 3, 1961, in New Braunfels, Texas.
After Dan’s honorable discharge from the Army in March 1962, he went into the fi nance business, later moving into banking. Dan served as a bank branch president in McLoud, Allen, Kingston, Tishomingo, and Madill, where he retired. Dan strived to maintain a good balance between his work life and his family life, coaching many of his two sons’ little league baseball teams.
Music was always a part of Dan’s life - he sang and played guitar and trumpet. He also wrote many songs. In high school, Dan and Harold Weaver had a TV show and recorded music in Oklahoma City. He appeared on the Louisiana Hayride. Dan also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry on radio station WSM in Nashville in 1956. He played music for 22 years at Pacesetters Ballroom as leader of the Country Wranglers band, including 33 Texoma Shindig festivals, fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing music close to home. Music was where Dan was his happiest, especially when combined with humor.
Dan is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia, of the home; sons, Daryl and wife Cindy of Tulsa, and Daryn and wife Martine of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Logan Buck and wife Whitney of Tulsa, Kelsey Carroll and husband Colin of Tulsa, Neal Buck and Noah Buck of Oklahoma City; two great-grandchildren, Morris Rose Buck and McLaren Buck; sister-in-law Dolores Buck of Skiatook; one niece and three nephews.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald Buck and wife Billie, and brother Eddie Buck.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 4th , at 1:00 pm at the Watts Funeral Home Chapel in Madill. Interment was in the Woodberry-Forest Cemetery, Madill.
Bearers were Dave Cannon, Steve Ritchie, Cliff Trent, Gene Brown, Jeff McGeehee, and Robert Thompson. Honorary bearers were present and past Country Wranglers and music friends, too many to list.