Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Buskirk

Ronald E. Buskirk passed away on October 18, 2012.

Ron was born on August 9, 1925, in Hastings, Nebraska to Mary Ruth and Edgar Arnold Buskirk. He grew up in Juniata, Nebraska, and graduated from Juniata High School in 1942. He attended the University of Nebraska for one year prior to enlisting in the United States Army Air Force in September of 1943. He served as a navigator on a B-24 Liberator for two years prior to being honorably discharged in November of 1945. Ron enrolled in Hastings College in January of 1946, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. While at Hastings College, Ron met Jeanne Ruth Bancroft during the first fall mixer of her freshman year. They were married on August 16, 1948, in Omaha, Nebraska. Ron and Jeanne moved to Chicago where he received his Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and Jeanne completed her degree in Education at Roosevelt University.

Ron began a career of service in the ministry for the Presbyterian Church USA spanning sixty years. During those years he served five churches full time and, for thirteen years, was the Executive Presbyter of Southern Kansas Presbytery. He also received his Doctorate in Ministry from McCormick Seminary on June 11, 1985. He retired in 1989, but continued to serve as an interim pastor in churches as well as an interim Executive Presbyter.

Ron is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Lawrence), and their three children, Linda Sue Niles and her husband Stephen (South Sioux City, Nebraska), Steven John Buskirk and his wife Debbie, (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida), and Paul Raymond Buskirk and wife Lauren (Lawrence). He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Professionally, Ron will be remembered and respected for his ability to encourage and unite pastors and lay leaders in service to the church. He was a caring, supportive and loving husband and a kind and generous father. His love and dedication to his family and his steadfast faith in God were the hallmarks of his life.

Friend and family are invited to a celebration of his life on Monday, October 22, 1012, at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Visiting Nurses, or Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology Department, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Randy Steer...

Dear Steve,

I’m sorry to learn the news about your father. He was obviously a remarkable person. Alison and I extend our heartfelt sympathy.


From Roy Herberger...

Steve, our condolences go out to you for the loss of your father. There is no feeling like the loss of a parent, but Ron must have led a wonderful life. Our best to you and your family.

From Veronique Roger...

Dear Steve,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your father.
My thougths and prayers are with you and yours.
Veronique Roger

From Bernadette Burkhart...

Dear Jeanne,

Kim and I are so sorry to hear of your Loss.
May our Lord give you much comfort and love in this hard time you are enduring. Prayers and thinking of you
Take Care,

Bernadette and Kim

From Barbara Ryan...

Dear Ones,

I am so sorry for your loss. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s everlasting love enfold you and bring you peace.


From Kenneth McKenize...

Very sorry to hear about Ron. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron, his son Paul and family. I’ve only known Ron and Jean for a few short years. He was on the board of the Meadow Place Home Owners Association, and his input and work on the board was very helpful. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Ken McKenzie

From Tracy Bedell...

My deepest condolences extend to the Buskirk family at this time. God has such grace and mercy. Please be comforted in knowing the pain and suffering is completed and life begins anew. My heart goes out to you at this time and I hope you can be comforted by wonderful memories. Reverand Buskirk leaves a tremendous legacy of the love he created and so freely gave away. He touched and changed many lives and he used God’s gift to the fullest.

Prayers, thoughts, caring energy is extended to you all now. I am sorry for your loss.


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