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1 of 19 | Posted by: mary Dawkins-mahaga - WI

“I was just getting to know you, we had some good conversations and laughs on Facebook. RIP cousin. Say hi to Aunt Jackie for me, and my parents....Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Mary T Dawkins-Mahaga - Milwaukee, WI

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Bob's passing. May he rest in peace.heaven has gained another angel from the Buckley family. He will be missed...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Karey and Teresa Dyer - IA

“Ahhh "BUCK" You will truly be missed by so many!! Many, many memorable times, horseback riding, many rodeos, Holidays, pick up trucks cruises,...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Monica Schneiders - Woodburn, IA

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5 of 19 | Posted by: Monica schneiders - Woodburn, IA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace and comfort at this difficult time. It isn't...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Glenda Hiddleson - Dawson, IA

“Bob, We enjoyed our ride with you in August riding down Bluff Road. I remember that you wanted to take some pictures of a pond by the bluff. You...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Patrick McGillis - Smithton, IL

“I will always remember Bobby as the cute little curly headed blonde neighbor boy that wanted to shovel snow from our front sidewalk. He came up to...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Joyce Conklin - neighbor

“We were playmates,classmates,teammates,roommates mischief makers and soldiers in arms.i have 45+ years of memories to get me by until we More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: David pritchard - Earlham, IA

“Sorry to Hear about Bobby, He was a Great friend and will be greatly missed. Prayers to the family Kathy Groff Boehm ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: kathy Groff Boehm - Mapleton, IA

“I grew up in Dayton with the Buckley family as Brenda was a classmate and friend. You never knew what was going to happen in their house - but Max...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Pam Strandberg Clancy - Lehigh, IA

“You will be missed. Hope you find peace and love where you have gone. Blessings and prayers to your family! Hugss ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: DMA - Ft Dodge, IA - Friend

“I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. As an friend of the Buckley's, living right next door to them in Dayton. I use to babysit Bobby, and Brad...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Donelle Ruthart - Lehigh, IA

“Bob became a great friend the year we spent in Dayton. My love for rural ministry begun by choring and riding with Bob. Love you all. Matthew Voyer ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Matthew Voyer - Lawrenceburg, IN

“Bob meant so much to me, as he was a large part of my past. You never knew when he would pop up but he was full of life and adventure when he did! ...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Pilney - Overland Park, KS

“Bob helped coach the Nighthawks with me a couple years ago. I loved his knowledge and passion for the game. The Bob I knew was incredibly kind and...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Todd Johnston - Milo, IA - Friend

“Always I have had a special place in my heart for your family. My heart goes out to you now in your loss. Bob was always a character and in his...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Jean Doran - Boone, IA - Friend

“We love and miss you all. Our hearts and prayers are with you. "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. .." ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Heather Voyer - Lawrenceburg, IN

“I grew up with Bob in my life as a brother. I am the one who got him to ski, I also lead him to Colorado for the ski bum portion of his life. We had...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Steve - Roland, IA

Robert Lee Buckley II was born on July 21, 1964 in Perry, Iowa to Max and Lana (Ferguson) Buckley. Bobby passed away on October 31, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, due to complications following a motorcycle accident.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 6, 2015, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dayton. Pastor Arhiana Shek will officiate. A committal service will follow at the Dayton Cemetery. Following services Bobby will be cremated. For online obituaries and condolences please visit:

Bobby was raised in Dayton, Iowa and attended Dayton High School. He was active in several sports, speech, drama and trouble-making. Following graduation, Bobby attended Mankato State University, eventually deciding to major in ski-bummery and live in Colorado. When he felt his run there was over, he returned to his friends and family in Iowa and attended Iowa Central Community College. While in Fort Dodge, he met his first wife, Lisa, and with this union, gained a son, Doug Summers. Bobby joined the Iowa National Guard in 1987. He volunteered to serve in Saudi Arabia, arriving the night that Desert Shield became Desert Storm. He served his country until 1995. During this time he received three Bronze Stars, an Army Accommodation Medal, and a Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, among others.

Following his time with the National Guard, he pursued many interests and jobs. He received his insurance license, became a journeyman tinner, built houses, became a bull rider (much to his family's distress) and was a jack of all trades. He married his second wife, Tamara, and on June 12th, 1998 his angel arrived on earth, Dakota Jeanne. On May 24th, 2000, his namesake was born, Robert Lee Buckley III. His children were the light of his life.

One of Bobby's favorite things to do was support Dakota in her softball pursuits, including being an assistant coach for her team. He was the founding parent of her team, the Warren County Night Hawks. Bobby was extremely personable and never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and make them feel as though they had been lifetime friends. Bobby would always help anyone that needed help. No request was too big or too small. He had a special place in his heart for veterans, and made a concerted effort to hire them for any job he had available for them. Bobby was the person who did the things that most people shouldn't do. He was adventurous and loved to take risks. He had a voracious appetite for books and especially loved to read to his children.

Bobby will be greatly missed by his children, Doug (Dixie) Summers and grandson, Wyatt (Eldora, KS); daughter, Dakota (Dakota Bach) (Dayton); son, Robby (Johnston); his father, Max (Glenda) (Dayton); brother, Brad (Karen) Buckley (Alden, IA); sister, Brenda (Willy) Nitsch (Ogden); sister, Chris (Jennifer) Buckley; nieces and nephews, Patrick (Andrea), Logun (Christopher), Cheyenne (Alexander), Alex (Mike), Sabastian, Samantha, Logan, Mozella; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Bob was called dad, brother, and uncle by many related by heart, not blood. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lisa; his mother, Lana; his sister-in-law, Lori ; and his beloved dog, Autumn.