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Reba A (Surface) Buckley

February 7, 1924 ~ August 20, 2019 (age 95)
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Reba A. Buckley, 

Age 95, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Tuesday morning, August 20, 2019 at the Friends Care Community in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  She was born at home, February 7, 1924, near Waynesville, Ohio, daughter of the late Lawrence J & Lola (Roush) Surface.  She was preceded in death by her brother- Elmer R. Surface in 1989 and William E. Buckley, her husband of 55 years, in 2002.

As a young woman, Reba moved to Wilmington where she met Bill, and was deeply connected to the community.  She was a member of the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, and Eastern Star where she was a Worthy Matron.   She played piano and organ, and served as organist on many occasions, including at the chapel at the Clinton County Air Force Base.  She retired from Champion Bridge Company after 44 years, where she was their accountant.  With her warm and gracious manner, Reba made friends easily and kept them for life. 

In high school, Reba became pen pals with a student in London.  During World War II she regularly sent her friend goods and food from the family’s farm in Waynesville.  After the war she was able to travel to London to meet the family she helped.  Her pen pal’s father met her with a huge bouquet of flowers to express the family’s appreciation.

Reba and Bill’s love of travel took them to many other destinations around the continental US, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, New Zealand, and Australia.  Reba also excelled at playing board games and held her own against her grandsons during family gatherings, playing well into the night on occasion.

Surviving are her son- Parker and his wife, Carol Young, of Yellow Springs; her grandson- Aaron Parker Buckley, of Fort Collins, CO; step-grandson- Adam Lucchesi, Stamford, CT; her nephew- Nick and his wife,Joyce, Buckley of Melbourne, FL; and cousins- Sandy Surface, Centerville, OH;  and Julie Surface Barnes, Holland Michigan.

Reba was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  We are grateful for everything she contributed to our lives.

The Order of the Eastern Star will have memorial services for Reba on Friday morning, August 30 beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by her funeral service at the Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home, 97 West Locust Street at North Mulberry Street, Wilmington, with Pastor Tom Stephenson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wilmington, OH.
Friends will be received from 10 AM until the time of services at Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home.

Contributions in Reba's memory may be made to the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 120 Columbus Street, Wilmington, Ohio  45177.  To sign the online guest book, please go to

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