Victor Avery Buckner was born the son of Della E. Thomas and Wilbert A. Buckner, Jr. (both deceased) on September 10, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He grew up attending public schools and graduated Broad Ripple High School in 1972. Victor accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.
Victor joined the Army in April 1979 and served at both Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany and Fort Hood in Texas. When he left the service in April 1983, he was a Sergeant E-5. He was US Army Soldier of the Month in April 1982, and received the Army Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Marksman (Pistol) Medal.
Upon leaving the service, Victor continued his education as an Operating Room Technician, by completing courses at both Methodist Hospital and Ivy Tech Community College. He worked at Clarian Health Partners, Turientine’s Janitorial, IU Medical Center and VA Medical Center, from which he retired in September 2019.
Victor could be intimidating, but once you got to know him, he had a heart of gold. If you needed anything, all you had to do was ask. He had a great sense of humor, but he could be sarcastic too. He loved his family dearly and was loyal to his friends. He loved books, science fiction movies, historical documentaries and his “toys”.
He departed this life on April 22, 2023. Preceding him in death was his brother, Wilbert A. Buckner III. He leaves to cherish his memory, his sisters; Debra E. Hampton (Larry), Trina M. Buckner (Terrence), Clitha L. Thomas, Felicia E. Thomas, Carmela L. Thomas, Tara Buckner Tate and Shirley Buckner Tate; one aunt, Zephra Manning and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.