November 6, 1942 ~ June 8, 2020

Born in: Daviess County, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Donald William Buckby, 77, of Owensboro passed away Monday, June 8, 2020 under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born in Daviess County on November 6, 1942 to the late William T. & Opal Evans Buckby. Donald was retired from Glenmore. He was a member of Christ Community Church. Donald was a gunsmith, and enjoyed collecting Indian artifacts, and making knives. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his wife, Judy Rhinerson Buckby; his twin brother, Ronald Buckby; and his sisters, Carole Jean Payne, and Norma Luellen.

Donald is survived by his children, Ronald Buckby of Georgetown, and Lori (Eddie) Buckby Reddish; his daughter-in-law, Julia Buckby; his grandchildren, Madison Buckby, Gage Reddish, and Jake Reddish; his sister, Benita (Bob) Bratcher; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11:00 am Friday, June 12, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, with Pastor Myke Templeton officiating. Burial will follow at Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, and again from 9:00 am until time of service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky; 3419 Wathen’s Crossing, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Buckby. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Donald William Buckby and sign his virtual guest book by going to

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  1. Donnie and I have been friends since 1953 when we were in Lee Elementary School together.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Lou & Linda Drawdy

  2. Ronnie, Madi and Reddish Family
    Sorry to hear about your loss. We are thinking and praying for you during this time.

  3. My condolences to the family. A longtime neighbor of Don and Judy, my husband was at Lee Elementary School at the same time as the Buckby brothers. Our older son was at OHS with Lori. I remember her bringing her children to our home every Halloween. A sweet family, indeed. I know he will be missed by all who knew him.
    Sincerely, Nicole Woodward

  4. Don has been a special friend to the Evansville Military Collectors Club. As member #24, Don always assisted the Club and its members with anything they needed, from setting up show tables to advising information on WWII Japanese Arisaka rifles and bayonets in which he excelled. His passion for the hobby will be missed but more so, his personality, smile, friendship and white t-shirts which only Don brought to our Club will be truly missed but fondly remembered. May God give his peace to his family and friends at this time of grief.

  5. What a sweet, wonderful man to have known. Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. We’re here for anything you need.

  6. Don was a great person who touched my life with his kindness and generosity. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know both him and Judy. The pleasure was all mine.

    I’m so sorry for the families loss and hope you find comfort in your many precious memories.

  7. Lori, Eddie, Gage and Jake, we are sorry for your loss and wish we could be there. Will be praying for you today and tomorrow

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about Donnie. He and Judy were both kind, Christian people. He and Judy are dancing again together in Heaven. 🙏

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