Louis (Abe) G. Buckenmeyer, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, September 14, 2023, with loved ones by his side. He was born on February 12, 1953, in Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in a loving family. He was the son of Joseph and Ilo Buckenmeyer and shared a close bond with his parents throughout his life.
Abe had a passion for learning and vigor for life. In 1971, he graduated from Swanton High School. Following graduation, Abe was committed to his country and thus chose to serve in the United States Marine Corps. His bravery and dedication during his time spoke to the depth of his character. After serving his country, Abe embarked on an impactful career as a Heat Treat Operator.
Abe wore many hats in life. Those closest to him knew him as a highly creative individual who continuously impressed others with his intelligence and sense of humor. He had an insatiable love for music and was a talented guitarist and a valued member of the band Wholeshot. Outside of music, Abe found great pleasure in riding motorcycles, fishing, and watching Ohio State and Cleveland Browns football.
In addition to Abe’s professional and personal pursuits his greatest pride and joy was found within his family. He was married to his loving wife, Jenni Buckenmeyer, for 42 years. They had three beautiful and bright children together, Amy (Jesse) Bates, Aaron (Megumi) Buckenmeyer and Heather (Ben Forster) Buckenmeyer. He took pride in their accomplishments and cherished the special moments they shared as a family. Being a grandfather brought out the best in Abe. He was blessed with the joy of watching his grandchildren, Liam and Shea Buckenmeyer, LeeAnn, Ezekiel, and Isaiah Bates, grow and flourish under his silliness and affection. Abe's siblings were also significant pillars of support throughout his life. His brother, Tim (Sherry) Buckenmeyer, along with his sisters Joyce (Ken) Johnson and Bonnie (Brent) Kolodziejczyk shared memories that will be treasured forever. Together they formed an unbreakable bond that provided strength during difficult times. Abe also had many awesome nieces and nephews whom he had funny nicknames for. His circle extended beyond immediate family members to include his brother-in-law Mark (Sheree) Silcox and his close friends who became like family to him. The loss of Abe will be felt deeply by many who had the privilege of knowing him. His devotion, wit, and incredible musical talent will forever be remembered. Though deeply missed, his spirit lives on in the cherished memories he leaves behind.
Abe was preceded in death by his amazing parents, Joseph and Ilo Buckenmeyer; loving son, Aaron Buckenmeyer; five year old brother, Mike Buckenmeyer and father-in-law, Jack Silcox.
Visitation services honoring Abe's memory will be held on, Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at Weigel Funeral Homes, located at 204 Chestnut St., in Swanton, Ohio. The visitation will start at 3:00 PM and conclude at 5:00 PM. Following the visitation, a Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 PM in the funeral home with Pastor Peter Hagen officiating. The Memorial Service will conclude at 5:30 PM with Miliary Honors conducted by Swanton American Legion Honor Guard, this service will provide an opportunity for all those whose lives were touched by Abe to come together, share stories, and celebrate his remarkable life.
In honor of Abe's memory, the family kindly requests that any donations be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, Promedica Hospice, or to the Family.