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Florian Frank Buckmeier

October 27, 1949 ~ December 2, 2017 (age 68)

After an epic battle with cancer Florian Frank Buckmeier, 68, formerly of
Fairbanks, Alaska, died on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at home enjoying the
company of family. He was born on October 27, 1949, the 7th of 12 children to Stonas (Stanley) and Hilda (Bruner) Buckmeier in Rugby, North Dakota. Florian grew
up in the area and attended Knox Public school. He joined the Job Corp his senior
year in Bismarck, North Dakota. He worked hard and learned about life with his
father and family out on the farm. In 1968, he moved to Seattle, Washington to
work on the Great Northern Railroad and the Pacific Car Foundry, building
box cars. On his 21st birthday he flew to Fairbanks, Alaska to help family and
worked at Miller Machinery. In 1971 he returned home to help on the farm and
work at the beet factory in Grand Forks, North Dakota. From 1972 to 1980 Florian
lived in Denver, Colorado working for Rayson Purina. Then, for the next 10 years he
worked for Northern Improvement Company doing road construction. Wanting a change, Florian moved to Fairbanks, Alaska wondering why family found it so intriguing. In Alaska he worked as a janitor and fork lift operator for Fred Meyer stores. In his free time, he enjoyed the company of friends and family, playing pull tabs, Bingo and enjoyed the great outdoors of Alaska hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his siblings: Janice (Alex) Haman, and Arlan of Fairbanks, Alaska;
Joyce Froelich and Virginia (Ralph) Henning of Bismarck, North Dakota; Sylvia
Kruger of Ramsey, Minnesota; Mary Lou Vigesaa of Altamont, Illinois; Stan (Kathy)
of Fort Lupton, Colorado; Leland (Jane) of West Fargo; Lois (Larry) Signalness of
Watford City, North Dakota; and Allen of Northglenn, Colorado. There are also
many nieces and nephews that will miss their uncle very much. He was preceded
in death by his parents, his brother Jerome and brother-in-law’s Robert Vigesaa and Richard Kruger.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held at burial in Rugby, North Dakota at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church or the Cancer Treatment Center in Fairbanks. Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


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