Catherine E. (McReaken) Buckner

September 26, 1940 ~ February 15, 2021 (age 80)


Catherine Elizabeth McReaken Buckner of Yale, IL passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, IN.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 22, 2021 at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL. Visitation will held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday evening at the funeral chapel. Burial will follow the funeral service at Hickory Cemetery, New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, rural Yale, IL.  Please practice social distancing and mask will be required while attending services.

Cathie was born at home in Casey, IL on Sept. 26, 1940 to Dave & Irene (Alexander) McReaken.  She married Earl Gordon Buckner on July 19, 1959.  She is survived by her husband Earl; her three daughters Karla (Randy) Jones; Karen Taylor & Kris (Jeff) Birch.  Grandchildren Travis & Garrett Jones; Jeremy (Jenny) Taylor; Elizabeth (Ryan) Will; Allen Taylor (Keidrah Hardiek) and Jessie Birch.  Great-grandchildren Hazel Taylor; Emily, Lyle & Clara Will.

Cathie was preceded in death by her parents; sister Mary Ellen Harris & brother in-law Maurice Harris; brother William “Bill” McReaken; father & mother in-law Allen & Flossie Buckner & son-in-law James “Jim” Taylor, Jr.

Cathie and Earl made their home in Jasper county. Here Cathie was a wife, a mother, a teacher, a mentor and a friend to many.  She was an artist, a horsewoman, a farmer, a banker, a trucker and a jewelry maker. These are just some of her many, many gifts and abilities.

Cathie was a farm wife and manager of this business.  She was employed by the Peoples State Bank of Newton, IL for 30 years where she retired as an assistant vice-president. Then there was the trucking company that Earl & Cathie had for several years.  She was the manager of this business as well.  After driving for years from farm to field to elevator (all the while working at the bank) she secured her commercial driver’s license.  From that point on, they spent most vacations in the truck seeing this beautiful country.   (As prudent as she was,,,,, might as well make a dollar while being on vacation.)   Upon her retirement from the bank, they continued to travel the country in the truck, taking it all in. 

Cathie was a devoted member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where among other things, she served as an elder & Sunday school teacher.

Some of Cathies’ greatest joys were her Grandkids, Great grandkids, traveling our beautiful country, going to car races around the country, working in flower beds, reading, being creative with art and jewelry.

Memorials may be made to Oblong Christian Children Home (4094 East 1050th Ave., Oblong, IL 62449) or Choices Pregnancy and Health (407 NW 3rd, Casey, IL 62420.) Online condolences can be expressed at

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February 21, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Barkley Funeral Chapel Greenup
300 N Kentucky St.
Greenup, IL 62428

Funeral Service
February 22, 2021

11:00 AM
Barkley Funeral Chapel Greenup
300 N Kentucky St.
Greenup, IL 62428

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