Jeanne R. Buskirk peacefully passed away on March 28, 2022.
Jeanne was born on April 10, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska to Dr. George S. and Naomi O. Brancroft. She grew up in Pollack, South Dakota and Scottsbluff and Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Omaha South High School in 1946, Jeanne met Ronald E. Buskirk while attending Hastings College. They were married in Omaha on August 16, 1948. Jeanne and Ron moved to Chicago for Ron to attend McCormick Theological Seminary. Jeanne graduated from Roosevelt University in 1950.
Initially, Jeanne taught elementary school in Park Forrest, Illinois. Shortly after, she and Ron moved to Wakefield, Nebraska. In addition to supporting Ron in the six churches he served, Jeanne taught elementary and special education in Holdrege, Nebraska, Grand Junction, Colorado, and Derby and Mulvane, Kansas. Ron and Jeanne retired to Lawrence, Kansas in 2001 to be near their younger son and family.
Jeanne is survived by her three children, Linda Sue Niles and her husband, Stephen (Omaha), Steven John Buskirk and his wife, Debbie (Rochester, Minnesota) and Paul Raymond Buskirk and his wife, Lauren Yoshinobu (Lawrence), seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, George and Naomi Bancroft, brother Dwight Bancroft, and husband Ronald Buskirk.
Jeanne will be remembered as a dedicated and kind teacher, devoted and generous mother, and friend to all. Her love and dedication to her family and her steadfast faith in God were the hallmarks of her life.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her life on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence, Kansas. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.