B. Glenn Bucklin (Poppy to his family and close friends), age 85, of Jarrettsville, Maryland passed away on September 17, 2023, with family by his side, at his daughter’s home in Jarrettsville, Maryland. Born in Killarney, West Virginia, he was the son of Glenn and Hazel (Christian) Bucklin and husband of the late Irene Louise (Swift) Bucklin. Growing up in Beckley, WV, Glenn was oldest of six children. He came to Maryland after attending Virginia Tech for Electrical Engineering and serving in the U.S. Army. He was set up on a date with Irene by a co-worker at Bendix, coincidently her twin brother Paul. After a courting period, Glenn and Irene were married in October 1964. They lived a wonderful life on Schuster Rd in Jarrettsville, helping to care for Irene’s parents and their daughter, Gail. They attended Old Brick Primitive Baptist Church in Jarrettsville and were ultimately caretakers of the church and cemetery. Glenn worked at AAI in Cockeysville and then moved to Johnston Laboratories/BD in 1972 where he worked in many management positions until his retirement. He was well respected by his peers and all his teams in each function.
Glenn kept his friends and family in stitches telling his stories of growing up in the coal mine camp where his father worked, attending a one room schoolhouse as an ornery little boy where he put a frog in a little girl’s backpack and dipped her braided hair in ink. He also loved to talk about the time when he would go the local hardware store and buy sticks of dynamite to blast out the foundation for his parents’ new home, and then there were college dances, with Moonshine and Four Roses. His storytelling and laughter will be dearly missed by all his loved ones.
It is also notable how much he loved the outdoors. He took two-week walkabouts alone as a teen to enjoy the peace and serenity of quiet time, enjoying hunting and fishing for “survival”. He also loved going to “The Farm” in Oakland, MD. There at the old farmhouse he taught Gail to shoot trap (of course after taking her dove hunting at 8 years old with a new 410 shotgun). Glenn always loved to be outside. During his last year, Glenn would sit on Gail’s porch in the front of the community pond with family and friends for hours to talk or just take in the sounds and wildlife. Glenn’s routine was a cup of coffee in the morning and later as the day went on, a nice glass of bourbon, paired with his pipe or a good cigar.
Glenn is survived by his daughter, Gail Griffiths, and her husband Dale, of Jarrettsville, MD; two grandchildren, Jennifer Dialinos and her husband John of Bel Air, MD, and Kimberly Denton and her fiancé Jason O’Donnell of Delta, PA, two great-granddaughters, Alexia Dialinos and Samantha Denton; great-grandson, Cooper Denton; two sisters, Phyllis Davis and Carolyn Mullins, and her husband Robert of Daniels, WV; and brother, Thomas Bucklin, and his wife Ann of Fishersville, VA.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his great grandson, Benjamin Denton; brother, Robert Bucklin, and brother, Randall Bucklin.
Glenn's great-grandson Benjamin passed away in 2016 as an infant and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Ben's Wish Foundation Inc., by mail to P.O. Box 81, Jarrettsville, MD 21084, or online at http://benswishfoundation.com/donate-now.html .
Contributions may also be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 502 Washington Avenue Suite 300, Towson, MD 21204.