Alex Michael Buckner

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


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