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Alvin M. Buckeye

Obituary for Alvin M. Buckeye

February 3, 1928 - December 4, 2017
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 89


Alvin M. Buckeye, 89, of Avon Lake, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017. Al was born on February 3, 1928 in Lakewood. Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy after WWII, Al earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Ashland College. He taught math from 1952-1980 at seven different high schools across Ohio. Al's main passion was coaching. Over a career of 47 years, he coached many sports including baseball, basketball, tennis, football, swimming, and he predominately coached both boys and girls track and cross country, ending his career at Avon Lake High School. A dedicated and caring coach, he coached three teams to state titles: boys track (Nevada '54), girls cross country (86, 88). Additionally, Al's teams won many conferences and regional championships, as well as individual athletes being awarded all-state honors. In honor of his many accomplishments, he has been inducted into 5 high school and county sports halls of fame. Al is survived by his wife Gloria (nee Vines); children Diana Neale, Eric (Michelle), Thomas (Jill), Alen (Joan), and Patricia Martel (Tom); grandchildren Bonnie, Heidi, Toni, Zachary, Colin, Michael, and Rachael; great-grandchildren Lillian and Rosalie; sister Betty Jane Keckler; and brother Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Betty (nee Wonger), and his brother Donald. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Al Buckeye Memorial Scholarship, Avon Lake City Schools Attn:Treasurer, 175 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012 or Heartland Hospice, 4807 Rockside Rd., Suite 110, Independence, OH 44131. Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake on Friday, December 8 from 2-4 and 6-8. Funeral service will be held at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake on Saturday, December 9 at 1:00pm with Rev. Kelly Brill officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. (440)933-3202


Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
10175 Rawiga Road
Rittman, OH

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  • Al Buckeye Memorial Scholarship, Avon Lake City Schools
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    Independence, OH 44131

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Avon Lake, OH 44012
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