of Little Rock, AR
September 11, 1941 - April 8, 2021
Donald W. (Don) Buckliew, 79 of Little Rock died on Thursday, April 8, 2021 after a hard fought battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was born in 1941 in Center, TX and was the son of Winfred Jackson Buckliew and Mary Lee Linsday Buckliew. He was raised in Witchita Falls and graduated from high school in Burkburnett, TX. Donald then went on to graduate from Texas Tech University and began his career in business. Beginning his endeavors in insurance, he then segued into Amoco Oil before settling into the McDonald's franchise where he excelled for over 30+ years. In 1966, he married Madeline C. Ginardi, together raising three children and continuing to build a growing footprint in the McDonald's franchise and business community in Minnesota and Arkansas.Don was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline C Buckliew; his parents, W.J. and Mary Buckliew, and his siblings, Winnie May Smith, Mary McClellan, and John Buckliew. Don leaves his daughters Nicole R Kaemmerling and her husband Bradley of Little Rock; Melisa D Myers and her husband Michael of Columbus, Ohio; his son Christopher J Buckliew and his wife Kelly of Heber Springs, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Alexa Kaemmerling, Maxwell Kaemmerling, Madeline Kaemmerling all of Little Rock; Ella Myers, Andrew Myers, Luke Myers all of Columbus, Ohio; Jackson Buckliew, Avery Buckliew both of Heber Springs, Arkansas. He is also survived by several nieces and nephewsThe Buckliew, Kaemmerling and Myers families would like to thank Arkansas Hospice as well as Don's caregivers who provided such loving care for him over the past seven years especially, Reatha Brown, Tasha Reynolds and Ryan Hutchinson.Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 10 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19, the service will be small. There will be a private family burial on Saturday, April 10 at Cleburne County Memorial Garden in Heber Springs, AR.Because of Don's involvement and dedication to McDonald's, the family has decided to share his passion with those who need it most. Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, 535 Alabama Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105.A celebration of Don's life will be planned for family and friends this summer.Please remember Don for his strength, determination, and his strong spirit. He will be with us always.
I was so saddened to see of Don's recent passing. He was such a wonderful friend from our high school days in Burkburnett, Texas. He and Madge would call us when coming down through Texas to see his mother and get together for a visit. I know that he will be truly missed. My prayers are with the wonderful family that he has left to honor his memory.
Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I will miss you until I see you again. You will always have a special place in my heart. ❤️
Don was a great friend our prayers for the family
Peace,, Prayers, and BlessingsTom Kohrs Red Wing, MN
So sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers go out to the family.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know he's in a way better place now, but it's still just so hard. May the Lord bless you and your family and send the Comforter to you. Love,Kay
Praying without ceasing 🙏🏽💕
Mr. Buckles will truely be missed. Sending my condelences..
Sorry for your loss. Don was always one of my favorite cousins even though I was too far away to see him much. I do have fond childhood memories. He has gone to a better place without any pain. RIP♥️
My heart and prayers are with you all during this time. I know how much Don was loved and cared for.
Our journey with Don, Madge and their children has been a long and sweet one. Our families made wonderful memories together. It is with gratitude that we celebrate Don’s life and the love he shared with his family and so many friends. 💚Mary Kay and Ron💛
Gone but never be forgotten. Love Reatha and Family.