Local centenarian, Esther M. Buck, 104 years, 8 months and 13 days departed this life at 6:44 PM on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Hickory Creek of Rochester.
On March 4, 1918, Esther Mae Barkman was born at home in Richland Township to Charles R. and Esther Mehling Barkman. Growing up in Richland township, she shared her childhood with three sisters: Lydia, Meriam and Ruth. In 1936, Esther graduated from Richland Center High School. She was very proud to be the oldest living graduate of the school.
In Peru, Esther and Marion L. Buck were married on August 10, 1941. They shared 29 years of life’s adventures. Sadly, he passed away on September 11, 1970.
Esther was a homemaker and worked at Topps Manufacturing in the shipping and receiving departments, retiring at the age of 76.
As an avid crafter, Esther loved to crochet and embroider. The tablecloths she made were beautiful. With a green thumb, Esther could often be found working in the flower and vegetable gardens. Many of the girls at Topps would line up to get a piece of the fresh pies or cookies that Esther made. She liked to bake the treats for her family and friends. Esther loved and treasured the time with her nieces and nephews.
Left to cherish Esther's memory are niece and nephews: Judy Taylor of Rochester, Sven Barkman of Deedsville, Charles V. Alexander of Mishawaka, Darlene Vale and husband Bill of Fl; and special friends Connie and Mickey Baker.
Preceding Esther in death are her parents, husband, and three sisters: Lydia Barkman, Meriam Alexander, and Ruth Buck.
A celebration of the life of Esther M. Buck will be at 12 noon on Monday, November 21, 2022 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th St. Rochester. Esther's nephew, Pastor Bob Vale will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 10-12 on Monday in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Richland Center IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Museum, 37 E. 375 N., Rochester, IN 46975.