Alex Michael Buckner

August 09, 1999 ‒ January 07, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Alex Michael Buckner, age 19, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 7, 2019.

On August 9, 1999, Alex was born in Marion, Ohio, the son of Michael R. Buckner and Erin N. Winans.  He graduated from Elgin High School in the class of 2017, and he studied to be a mechanic at Tri-Rivers Career Center.

In 2018, Alex lived in Lima, Ohio, where he furthered his study of diesel mechanics at the University of Northwestern Ohio.

For the past several years, Alex enjoyed working for his grandparents to one day take over their family business.  Alex quickly grasped everything threw at him, and he showed the character and ability to succeed in whatever field he would have chosen to pursue.

Alex especially loved working on anything with an engine.  He would spend day and night in the garage working on cars, trying to prove he could get anything to run.  He loved everything about cars: buying and selling cars, driving and sometimes racing cars, taking them apart and putting them back together.  He was a sponge, soaking up every bit of knowledge about cars he could.

Another favorite pastime for Alex was fishing.  He and his family loved going fishing together, and they cherished their special fishing adventures up in Canada.

Such a joy to be around, Alex had a way of feeding off of everyone, always finding a way to get everyone laughing.  So much so, he was known as the “class clown” and the clown of the family.  He also had a sincere, caring heart, where all of his family and friends knew he loved them.

Alex will be deeply missed by his mother, Erin Winans; father, Michael (Jeanie) Buckner; three brothers and one sister: Devin Miller, Chase Miller, Jenna Mayse, and Adam Lee; grandparents: Calvin and Cheryl Lee, Richard and Margaret Warwick, James (Pam) Buckner, and Judith (Mike) Calmas; great-grandparents: Forrest and Pearl Hall; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Cornerstone Alliance Church, 2010 Marion-Marysville Rd (SR 4), Marion.  Services honoring his life will be observed privately by his family and burial will be in Caledonia Cemetery.

While his family deeply mourns their loss, they are comforted by the faith they knew Alex held in his heart.  For them, this isn’t “goodbye,” rather it’s “we’ll look forward to seeing you again.”

Memorial contributions may be to St. Jude’s Children Research Center (

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Alex’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via

  • Alex was a wonderful nephew. His smile, very easygoing way, helping Paris figure out a video game, these little things will always be remembered. JEANIE & MIKE we are so sorry that you lost your Son ALEX. Nothing I say will ease your grief but, knowing that He touched so many lives in a positive way is a Testament in it’s self.

  • Are hearts are heavy for each of you at the loss of Alex! Each time we ran into Alex no matter where, we walked away smiling . He seemed to welcome a familiar face from church & welcomed the conversation with a hardy laugh or a smile! We are very saddened to think of the potential of this young man here on earth! We are grieved ar his passing. Our prayers continue with his family and friends he has left behind! May you find comfort,strength and peace as you all lean on Jesus at this time of loss. May it help in some small way to know that many lift you in prayer.

  • Alex was an English student of mine at Tri-Rivers. He always kept the class laughing although not at the most appropriate times. It was hard for me not to laugh half of the time along with the quality. One thing for sure I know is that Alex loved life, loved his friends and loved cars. His heart was made of gold and would do anything for his friends. I saw Alex in the Fall and was happy to see his smile and hear his laugh. I also got a big hug and an apology for how he would sometimes misbehave in my class. I told him that no matter what he is one of ’my kids’ and that I would always love him. I’m glad I got to say that to Alex! I am sorry for your loss, but I bet Alex is still laughing, making new friends and driving really fast in Heaven!
    Paula Brazell

  • I met Alex from the small car scene in town and we quickly hit it off. Buck was a Brother and will always be apart of my family. He was for sure the funniest most outgoing person in the room at all times. You’ll be missed bro:(

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Erin, u and your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. I could never imagine losing one of my children. Your son will be deeply missed. May he RIP!

  • I don’t know where to begin… all of the memories Alex and I have together have flooded my mind over the past few days. All of the late night food runs, adventures, just casually hanging out at friends houses as well as my house and the sleepovers… It deeply saddens my heart knowing that I can’t call him up when something wild in my life happens or even just to talk. Whenever I was down he always seemed to find a way to cheer me right back up, even with a single look. Alex meant the world to me and the bond we had is and always will be unbreakable. Make sure to watch over us Alex, we love and miss you deeply!

  • Alex turned into a great friend of mine back when he was in 8th grade. He was loved by us all. Especially my daughter she was attached to him. He will truly be missed but forever loved and remembered

  • Mike and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family that this time. I’m very sorry to hear of your sons passing.

  • Me and Alex weren’t that close as friends but every time I’d see him we’d talk for a good minute and he’d always have some fun goofy stories, he was one hell of a guy and a great person , I’m sorry for everything everyone is going through , R.I.P Buckner you’ll always be remembered by many

  • Alex will be deeply missed from me as well as the staff at Certified gas station! He was a regular customer and a riot! He always had us laughing! Our deepest condolences..RIH buddy..gone but never forgotten!..

  • Erin I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am sorry I am not able to be there to support or show respect but please remember that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeanie and Mike,
    So sorry for your loss. May God’s love surround you; we will be upholding you with prayers.

  • Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Alex.
    Alex was such a wonderful young man and a shining light in my life. I am proud to call Alex family and will always remember his fun loving spirit. Alex will be missed dearly! May you rest in peace son.
    Love you forever and always,
    Auntie Von

  • I am so very sorry to hear condolences too the whole family😢Think of him often and would see him once in awhile in grandpa’s truck always trying to race me..R.I.P🙏

  • To say I am so sorry for your loss just doesn’t seem enough! Just please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all! I love you all!

  • While living so far away we were unable to visit and be a part of all your lives but the sadness we feel is true. We hope God will bless you with many memories of this young mans goodness and that it can bring you peace within, in the days that come. A lesson for everyone to love daily those we hold close in our hearts. Life is way to short. Please know we love all of you.

  • Dear Erin,and family…may I express my late condolences to all of you.My heart was broken,to hear of your loss.May all of you,be comforted,by your cherished memories.May we never take anything for granted,as life is so fleeting,and precious.If only we are given a short time with those that we love,we are given a treasure,to have to hold onto.Hold them,all,close to your heart.❤️