Lawrence Buck
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 25, 1940
  • Date of passing: Mar 2, 2015

Lawrence D. “Larry” Buck, 74, of West Haven, died peacefully at his home on March 2, 2015.  He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 25, 1940, predeceased by his father Donald Buck, his mother Janet Hartzell Pond, and his beloved stepfather William Pond. He was an engineer for Metro-North Railroad for 22 years, known to his co-workers as the “Candy Man,” before retiring in 2006. He was an electrician by trade with high mechanical aptitude.  He previously worked for IBM, became an instructor for Olivetti, and owned his own business, Buck Office Machines.  He loved being on the water and was active with U.S. Power Squadron in the 70’s and 80’s.  Other favorite activities were model railroading, gardening, and in his younger days spelunking and rowing (crew).  He also grew up with a fascination for flight that led him to earn a pilot’s license.  He was an avid reader, was very giving and mentoring for our next generation, and always loved brain teasers with his grandchildren.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to make others laugh, and was very caring to all.

He is survived by his loving wife Loraine Sheldon Buck, son James (Elizabeth) Buck of North Haven, brother Ralph Buck of Springfield, VA, and brother Donald (Rebecca) Buck from Griswold, CT, and three grandchildren.  He will also be missed by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his first wife Betty Jo Buck and his step-daughter Jodie Lande, both of North Haven, 3 step-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday April 19th from 3:00 – 6:00 at the American Legion Post 127 630 Grassy Hill Road in Orange, CT.  All are welcome.  Thoughts and photos may be shared at

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by James Buck on 25th October 2017

"Remembering so many great times with Dad on his birthday. You were always teaching, even when I didn't realize it. A great mind and a great heart - tough act to follow!   Lorie's birthday was last week, she followed you but too soon. A great couple. Think of you both all the time. Love, Clem"

This tribute was added by Ralph Buck on 25th October 2016

"RIP forever, Larry.  You are oft remembered. And to your beloved, faithful & true spouse, Lorrie, prayers for your life without my nutty brother! Condolences to all the CT Buck family clan."

This tribute was added by Doreen Vetro on 2nd March 2016

"A year already? seems like yesterday and then again so long ago?
I think he took good care of his loving wife's future, so she is surviving
her loss comfortably. Thinking of Larry and Lorie on this solemn year anniversary.Wonder how many rainbows he has seen from above?"

This tribute was added by Ralph Buck on 2nd March 2016

"It is hard to comprehend that Larry has been gone a year. Brother, father, grandfather, husband...he left something of himself with each of us. Some unique characteristic. Some special memory.

I don't believe there has been a day that something hasn't reminded me of him, or I connect a memory to him. The objects in my house from my parents and their parents, active mementos if you will, cement my memory of Larry.

I am also most eternally grateful to him for a special service he provided to me, unasked, when I, the supposedly successful one, was at a very low point in my life. It was my privilege to be able to apply his help to rebuild my confidence and life and ultimately repay his generosity.

As sad and bereft as we were...and are...I believe he is in eternal service now, working without pain or anxiety or weakness, to serve others. Our family has always had a fundamental faith, that each has manifested uniquely, in the higher power most call God. We may or may not have a renewed personal relationship in eternity, but there is and always will be a connection among us.

In Peace, with Grace on this day..."

This tribute was added by Lorie Buck on 7th April 2015

"Every day is a new day after LDB. I keep moving forward with a happy heart filled with so many happy memories and smiles that Larry shared with me each day of our romance. So much love to last forever."

This tribute was added by Ralph Buck on 30th March 2015

"Yes, I miss him so much...My little brother. I still well remember when he came home with mom after birth. I was at my dad's mother's home and was very honored to be the first family member after mom & dad to hold the little bundle. From then on we wrestled, hassled, joked, and played tricks on each other. Yes, and ocassionally fought, but always loved each other. We shared a passion for model trains and I was so proud of him for learning to fly, and running his BIG trains as conductor & then Engineer. I think he was proud of me too as the first in the family to obtain a masters degree, pilot helicopters for the Navy, and have a girl child...LOL
He was not the littlest Danish/Swiss/ English/German Buck, however - I remember when we were both spellbound as we saw tiny Don arrive in Germany, where dad was stationed after WWII. I recall we fought over minding him, especially during the grand uropean tour before we returned to the States.
Miss him? YES! But will always remember "Sven." I love you, Bro.

This tribute was added by James Buck on 28th March 2015

"I have a lot to say about my Dad, but at this time I will just say my Dad's loving way and sense of humor will always stay with me.  He showed me so much, cared so much, and loved so much.  Thanks for all the great times, Dad <3"

This tribute was added by Doreen Vetro on 22nd March 2015

"Remembering Larry and his fondness for Ice cream! And the twinkle in his eyes when he Looked at Lorie doing silly things! and who keeps snakes in their rock piles under their sheds???Uncle Larry!Thanks for the memories, R I P"

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