Charles Wray Bucklew
Charles Wray Bucklew, former highway contractor, died October 3, 2019 in hospice in Cape Coral, FL. He was 77.
Born April 3, 1942 in Ironton, Ohio, to the late Charles W. and Gilberta Bucklew, and sister, Wanda Bucklew.
"Buck" was a 1960 graduate of Ironton High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Bucklew was an Eagle Scout and was passionate about Scouting since age seven. He has served as a Scout Master, Commissioner, and District Chairman of BSA. He was also a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.
Charles was an accomplished highway contractor, serving as a leader for two companies over his 38-year career. He was a past President of the Plant Mix Association, a past board member of the Highway Contractors of Kentucky, and a past President of Kentuckians for Better Transportation. After retiring, Charles was an adjunct instructor for the University of Cincinnati, a lecturer for the West Virginia Transportation Cabinet, as well as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet through the University of Kentucky.
Buck was a craft-artist; a builder of heritage long-rifles and vintage walking sticks, and an amateur Bonsai enthusiast.
Charles is survived by his wife of 50-years, Brenda (Fannin); daughter Lara Bucklew; son Charlie Bucklew; daughter Jennifer Bucklew Cupp (Eric); granddaughter Mazie Cupp; and sister Jonda Bucklew Cynecki; in addition to many relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests any expressions of honor to be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 101 S. Sixth St., Ironton, OH 45638. View the tribute page at
Published on October 7, 2019


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