Services for David Buckson announced

David P. Buckson

DOVER — The Buckson family has planned a celebration of the life of former Gov. David Buckson for Monday. The event will be held at Dover Downs on the fourth floor.

Guests may arrive starting at 4:30 p.m. The eulogy and guest comments are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the spreading of a portion of Mr. Buckson’s ashes around the horse track.

As lieutenant governor, Mr. Buckson was elevated to governor on Dec. 30, 1960 when Cale Boggs stepped down to serve in the Senate. He served 18 days and later was elected attorney general, holding the office from 1963 to 1971.

He was laid to rest at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Georgetown last week, and a portion of his ashes were placed in a separate urn to be spread out on the track.

“Dover Downs meant everything to my father,” his son Kent said in an email. “It was his dream to bring this wonderful venue to life and he succeeded. Whether it was a horse race, NASCAR race, social event or just to visit fellow horseman, my father was always in attendance at Dover Downs.

“My father was so proud of what Dover Downs had become and his passion and love for horse racing was immeasurable. My father grew up a horseman learning many of his lessons from his father, Leon Buckson. It’s fitting to spread a portion of my father’s ashes on the horse track at a place where he spent so many days and nights. I am certain it would bring a smile to his face.”

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