Buck, Norman C.

Norman Cullen Buck

Norman C. Buck, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)

May 21, 1935 – Jun 10, 2003

Lt. Col. Norman Cullen Buck, USAF retired, 68, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at his residence in Friendswood, Texas, after a short illness.

He retired in 1984 as a Lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 29 years of service and from Flight Safety in 2001 after 17 years.

Born May 21, 1935, in Pittsburgh. He was the son of Frances Cullen Buck of North Huntingdon and the late Alfred N. Buck.

Norman entered the Air Force in 1955 as an aviation cadet. In 1956, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and received a navigator’s rating.  In 1960, he completed pilot’s training and was assigned to Lockbourne Air Force Base, Columbus, Ohio, as a pilot on a KC-97 and later transitioned to KC-135.

Col. Buck served in Thailand in 1973 and in England in 1979. His decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was a member of the Whitehall, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, Scottish Rite in the Valley of Columbus.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his widow, Eileen Nabors Buck; two daughters, Judy Cigich of Arlington, Texas, and Lori Roepken of Mansfield, Texas, and three granddaughters, Kelley Cigich, Kasey Cigich and Lauren Roepken.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, in McCabe Funeral Home, 300 W. Third Ave., Derryu, with his sons-in-law, Pastors Scott Cigich and Steve Roepken, officiating.

Family suggests memorial donations be sent to Christus St. Joseph Hospice, 1304 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, TX. 77002, or All Saints Lutheran Church, 4325 SW Green Oaks, Arlington, TX 76017

Lt. Col. Buck was a HH-43F pilot with Det. 12, 40th ARRS in the Vietnam War 1973-time frame.

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