Douglas "Buck" Edward Ream, Sr. passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Janary 31, 2013.
Buck was born in Yakima, Washington to Marvin & Mary(Smith) Ream on October 12, 1955, the youngest of three boys.
He was raised on the family farm in the Yakima Valley and graduated Valadictorian of his class and was also voted Class Clown. He then went on to the University of Washington where he received a Masters degree while working for Bensons Optical.
Buck married Mary Turmo on July 25, 1981. Later that same year, Buck became disabled after major medical complictions. In 1982 Buck and Mary purchased property south of Brainerd and made their home in a wonderful place, where neighbors became family. They had two children, Rebekah and Doug Jr.
Due to his lifelong love of learning, in the late 90's, Buck returned to college attending Central Lakes College, earning multiple AA degrees. While attending CLC, he served as Editor for the West Bank Journal and Chapter President for Phi Theta Kappa, earning the title of Distinguished Chapter President. His time with Phi Theta Kappa took him on many travels around the country which he always enjoyed. He was also involved in the Theater, participating in several productions, his favorite being "People Like Us".
In 2002, Buck published his first book, Dark Secrets. His love of writing inspired him to write many, many short stories in addition to the many he told over coffee with hs many friends. He selected the best and favorites of his short stories and compiled them into a second book, which he titled "Tales from the Rez" which was published in 2006.
In 2003 Buck and Mary's first grandhild was born, Tate Richard. Then in 2005, a granddaugher, Mikaela Ann. 2009 brought them a son, Paul, who married Rebekah, and two more grandchildren, Hunter Rolland and Preston William. In 2010, a daughter, Rachel, who married Doug Jr, In 2011, another grandchild joined the crew, Sunshine Cadense.
It was in the summer of 2010 that Buck was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. He underwent multiple rounds of chemo and shocked the doctors over and over again.
Buck attributed his many successes in life to being a friend of Bill W. Things always looked up in his eyes.
2012 brought many funfilled 4wheeler rides with his children, giving Sunshine Cadence her first ride at about 16 months old. He greatly enjoyed riding up around Mine Lake, seeing the wild flowers and beaver ponds. Buck always had great plans made for the futere.
On January 31, 2013, Mary lost her soul mate of nearly 32 years. Rebekah, Paul, Doug and Rachel lost a father. The little ones lost their Papa. Steve, Carol, Dale H., Judy, and Dale J. lost a brother. Mary Alice lost a son. God quietly called Buck home, peacefully and quietly at his home after his long battle. He will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him and as he always said..."I told you I was sick!"
A celebration of Buck's life will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11am at Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 9-11am at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery near Brainerd. Memorials are preferred.