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Douglas Morton Buck

July 3, 1923 ~ February 16, 2018 (age 94)

Douglas M. Buck, 94, of Carmel, passed away February 16, 2018. He was born in Keokuk, IA on July 3, 1923, son of John Warren and Margaret Snowe Jones Buck.

Doug was a veteran of WWII having served in the US Naval Air Corps where he was a bombadier instructor in the use of the Norden Bombsight. Doug served for over 45 years with the Indiana State Police and retired as a Captain. He began his career serving as a State Trooper in Lake County and later was head of Questioned Documents. Doug was nationally known as an expert in inks and papers and trained others throughout the country in the science of identifying forgeries. He retired as Director of the Indiana State Police Crime Lab. For more than 30 years, Doug worked State Police Surveillance in turn one of the Indianapolis 500 Race and patrolled the Indiana State Fair. Doug was selected to serve on the police detail for President John F. Kennedy when he was on an official visit in Indianapolis. He also escorted The Beatles when they performed in Indianapolis.

Doug was an outdoorsman who enjoyed canoeing on Lake Monroe, the Tippecanoe River and Eagle Creek. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, making fish baits and tying flies. He liked to watch Purdue football and Indiana University basketball. Doug was an avid reader of the daily news, historical and biographical literature.

Memberships include Nora Kiwanis, Carmel Clay Kiwanis and the Indianapolis Canoe Club. Because of his love of Indiana history, Doug volunteered at the Battleground Prophetstown State Park near Lafayette. Doug had a strong work ethic, enjoyed telling stories and was very proud of his family.

In addition to his parents and three siblings, Doug was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Minth Buck and great-granddaughter, Grace Marie Heinz.

Survivors include son, Jeff (Julie) Buck; daughter, Polly (Bret) Marsh; grandchildren, Sarah (Derek)Heinz, Anna Buck, Elizabeth (Michael)Borders, Daniel Buck, Spencer and Lacey Marsh; great-grandchildren, Abigail Heinz and Joshua Borders.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11 am in Union Chapel United Methodist Church, of which he was a member. A time of visitation will take place one hour prior to service at 10 am in the church.

In memory of Doug, contributions may be given to the Indiana State Police Alliance, 1415 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203. Envelopes will be available at the service.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.


Donations may be made to:

Indiana State Police Alliance
1415 Shelby Street, Indianapolis IN 46203
Tel: 1-317-636-0929

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