He was born on Feb. 8, 1959, in Brazil, to James B. and Patricia (Martin) Bucklin and was preceded in death by his mother.
He graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1977 and worked as a heavy equipment operator. For the past 17 years he was employed by S&G Excavating and was a member of IOUE Local 841.
He enjoyed fishing, but gardening was his favorite pastime, particularly raising giant pumpkins.
He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Bucklin.
In October 1984, he married Rebecca Tabor who survives, along with their daughter Victoria Bucklin.
Also surviving are his father and stepmother James B. and Sally Bucklin, a brother Jeffrey Bucklin, stepsisters Kathy Bell and Janet Cox, as well as several extended family members.
At Jim's request cremation will be provided.
Friends and family are welcome to gather from 4-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Lawson -- Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil.
Services will follow at 6:30, with Bill Herb officiating.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.