Michael Buckingham

michael buckingham

Michael Deane Buckingham Age 63 Fargo, ND, died on January 23rd 2013 at home surrounded by family and assisted by Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Michael was born in Fargo ND on July 13th, 1949 to Vincent Deane Buckingham and Ida Mae Buckingham who resided in Sabin, MN.

Mike moved with his family to Fergus Falls, MN, where he graduated from high school in 1967.

In 1968 he joined the Navy where he served on submarines until 1974.

After the Service he started college at Moorhead State University in 1976 where he met his wife, Michelle Foerster Buckingham. They were married in August 1978 and made their home in Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls where son Evin was born in 1983.

Mike worked as a salesperson and then manager and district manager for Brown’s in Fergus Falls, MN, Black’s in Lacrosse, WI, and Ritz Camera and Image in Moorhead, MN, Fargo, ND and Grand Forks, ND.

He was an avid photographer and loved interacting with other camera enthusiasts. He loved sharing his knowledge and passion for cameras and photography with customers and everyone else who was interested in the hobby.

Mike and Michelle moved to Fargo in 2003 and as District Manager for Ritz Camera and Image he traveled extensively until being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005.

Survived by his wife, Michelle (Foerster); son, Evin; brothers, William (Linda), Randy (Mary); sisters, Cindy (Bruce) Torgerson, Julie (Jim) Boyce, Holly (Gene) Nord; mother, Ida Mae; 30 nieces and nephews; 32 great-nieces and nephews, and 5 great-great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Vincent, daughter, Allison; grandparents, Richard and Matie Buckingham; Herb and Helen Keeling; and father-in-law, Max Foerster.

In spite of MS he remained an ultimately nice guy who loved art and continued to

 Live, Love, and Create…

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  1. Albuquerque New mexicoWhat a good high school classmate, a good, good friend! Haven’t seen mike since 1967! May he rest in peace!

  2. Fargo ND
    I graduated high school with Mike, away back in 1967. We lost touch over the years but reconnected when he was working at the camera store in the Moorhead Center Mall. We had many good visits then. We then lost touch again when we heard that he was working in Grand Forks. Was so sad to hear of his passing – sending our thoughts & love to his family.

  3. Moorhead MN
    I graduated with Mike in 1967.
    I was so sorry to hear of his passing.
    I remember him as a very nice classmate
    and good friend.

  4. Fargo ND
    Michelle and Evin:

    I remember working with Mike at Ritz, when he managed in Grand Forks and then as the district manager.

    His knowledge of photography was great and better yet, was his ability to get along with people and share that knowledge and passion.

    We are all better off for having known him. My prayers go with you.

    Alan Fricker

  5. Fargo ND
    Sorry to hear Buck has left. He and Michelle were the best bathroom mates back in the 70s when we lived on 7th Avenue. Buck was one of the best employees we hired at Plains Distribution where he did just about anything and everything — including taking quite a few photos for us. What a great guy. Seeing his picture here has brought back many memories of late nights talking. Although I have not seen him in years….perhaps decades…he comes up in conversation every year when I see people from back in that period of our lives. May the wind be at his back wherever he heads.

  6. Fergus Falls I was so sorry to hear that Buck passed. Some of my fondest memories are of the year we spent at the cabin on Tonseth Lake (1974-1975). I have so many memories of Buck — some of the early photographs of our Sugarbush were taken by Mike. It was because of him that I got interested in photography. Some of my memories of time at the lake include working to start a frozen MG in the middle of winter:) Mike was an introspective guy and was relaxing to be around. I will miss him.

  7. I met Buck, one of Mike’s aliases when he was driving sugar beet truck in ’74. Tom and I were working at the piler and had a lot of interaction with the drivers. The wittiest was Buck so his trips to unload were high points of the twelve hour shifts.
    Since then, we’ve only been able to catch up on rare occasions but it was a treat to enjoy the wit and the rest of the conversation.
    He will be missed.

  8. Fergus Falls Mike and I graduated together in 1967. He was a good friend all through school. He was kind and he was loyal. Lynn

  9. Moorhead Minnesota
    Dear Michelle,
    Just the other day we were talking about Plains, remembering Mike & you and others who worked there with us–and all the good times, so we were sorry to hear the sad news of his death. He was a wonderful man with many good qualities. He will be missed, but he will live in our hearts forever.

    Our most sincerely sympathies to you and son Evin.

    With our love,
    Mark and Betsy

  10. fergus falls mnMichelle, I am so saddened to hear about Mike. What a guy he was! I will cherish the memories we had. I always enjoyed our visits and his contagious smile! May he rest in peace now!
    Miss you tons! Xoxo
    Cheryl Anderson Sanford home care

  11. Hillsboro ND
    Auntie Ida Mae, Michelle & Evin, Bill & Linda, Cindy & Bruce, Randy & Mary, Julie & Jim, Holly & Gene…and all your extended families…we send you our deepest love and condolences at this very difficult time. No matter how much or how long you prepare for it, losing a loved one is never easy. Take comfort in knowing Michael suffers no more and we will always have the tender memories of him in our hearts. Love you all so very much. See you Sunday.

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