Frank Raymond Bucko, 97, passed away January 10, 2015 following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 6, 1917 in Keystone, West Virginia to Augustina and Michael Bucko. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents
and his siblings: Michael Bucko, Kate Miley, Mary Adams, Paul Bucko, Margaret Bucko, Ann Bucko, and Cel Chudina. He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Frank grew up in War, West Virginia and graduated from Big Creek High School before going on to complete his education with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) in 1943. Frank worked his way through VPI as a coal miner in the West
Virginia mines. He went on to serve his country during WWII as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Immediately following WWII, he began working as an engineer for DuPont in their Bell Plant in Charleston, W. Va. There he met the love of his life, Betty Dunn, who became his wife of 64 years at his death.
Following their marriage, they resided in Wilmington, Delaware before moving to North Augusta, South Carolina where they spent the
majority of their lives. Frank retired from the Savannah River Plant in 1978 after many years of service. In the 1980’s he returned to service as a special consultant for Westinghouse Corporation at SRP. In 2006, Frank and Betty relocated to Irmo, South Carolina, where he lived until his death. He was a devout Christian and member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Augusta, and in later years at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church in Columbia, SC.
Frank was a true gentleman, and will be remembered by those who love him for many things: His integrity and strength of character,
his warmth, his compassion, his gentle spirit, his generosity, his patience, his unselfish attitude, his humor, his keen mind and memory,
his love of travel, old movies, cooking, and gardening, but most of all, his love of family.
Frank’s family was always, throughout his life and in every instance, his highest priority. When asked on film by his grown grandchildren
to provide the one piece of advice he wanted to give to future generations, he simply said, “Love your family”. Frank could not have been a better role model. He was a beloved husband, daddy, and PopPop to his family, who will miss him more than words can say.
We are comforted that Frank is with God and his family who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Betty, his three
daughters and their spouses: Susie Bucko Wilson and Chris Wilson; Linda Bucko Motley and Robert Motley, and Lisa Bucko Kennedy and
Ralph Kennedy; and his seven grandchildren: Jennifer Wilson, Sharon Wilson Robitaille, Stephanie Motley, Michael Wilson, Kristina
Motley Bennett, Rob Motley, Carlisle Kennedy, and Lauren Kennedy, and six great Grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 8, as well as
loving nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
The family would like to thank all those who provided loving care to Frank during the last stages of his illness, especially the dedicated
caregivers and hospice staff of Agape Harbison. His memorial service was officiated by Father David Whitman of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church at Rowland Funeral Home in North Augusta, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 14th at 2:30 p.m., followed by
burial at Pineview Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the church or charity of one’s choice.