Michael Patrick Buckmiller, 58, of Oroville, Washington was born August 31, 1957 in Tonasket, Washington to Beverly and Forrest Boyer. He passed away on December 29, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.
At the age of two Mike was legally adopted by David Buckmiller and became a permanent part of their family. He was raised with younger siblings Jeff, Lori and Scott. He graduated from Oroville High School in 1975 and soon after began his career in the agricultural industry.
Throughout his career he worked as a packing boss, field and refrigeration man, production manager, commercial consultant and award winning wine maker for Gold Digger Apples. During his tenure at Gold Digger Apples his network of growers and colleagues became his family. From 1993-2007 Mike was an instrumental part in developing Oroville’s Emergency Medical Services while volunteering as an EMT and EMS coordinator.
Throughout his life Mike had many close friends with whom he shared cherished memories and countless stories. There was never a person he met who wouldn’t have considered him a friend.
As a young adult Mike, Jack Gould and close friends spent many days exploring the woods on mountain bikes, horses, snowmobiles and quads. Later they establish a hide-away camp south of the Toats Coulee drainage, where they could be found most weekends enjoying life.
Mike was the go-to person for many people but most importantly his two children Kyle and Kadi Buckmiller whom he raised with Diane Buckmiller. As a family they had yearly vacations, weekly camping trips and endless family celebrations.
Mike was known to be an avid camper and snowmobiler, where he was always known as the camp cook and everyone ate well at camp with Mike around. He was also a longtime member of Oroville Golf Club. Summer nights that weren’t spent camping or fishing Mike was up golfing with brother Tim and on occasion was known to get a hole in one.
In 2010 Mike married Brenda Calico, when they built a life of love and support. Mike and Brenda loved to travel to Mexico, Canada and around the county visiting family. At home they looked forward to the visits from out of town family such as Tammy, Lori and Scott. Together they loved and spoiled their grandchildren Addison, Calista and Blake.
Mike was dedicated to succeeding in everything he did from making wine to painting landscapes. He enjoyed cruising the back roads on his motorcycle or in his truck with the ones he loved, stopping by and shooting the breeze in Chesaw and hanging out on the lake.
Mike was a loving and devoted father, husband, brother and son, capable of anything and personable to everyone.
Mike is survived by wife Brenda Buckmiller; parents David and Beverly Buckmiller; children Kyle (Mattie) Buckmiller, Kadi Buckmiller and Kevin Fray; siblings, Jeff Buckmiller, Lori (David) Trump, Scott Buckmiller, Tim (Cindy) Boyer, Tammy (Larry) Boyer-Eneix; grandchildren Addison Calico, Calista Fray and Blake Buckmiller. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, nephew Collin Cross and Forrest Boyer.
Memorial Services to be held on January 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Bergh Funeral Home in Oroville.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is entrusted with arrangements.