Earl Buskirk


Six Lakes – Earl Sherman Buskirk, age 80, of Six Lakes passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 at his home with family at his side. Earl was born on January 30, 1937 in Stanton, the son of Covel Harrison and Emma Ruth (Beetley) Buskirk.

He was raised in Stanton and attended Stanton Public Schools. Earl married Sandra Jean Collier at Day Bethel Church in McBride on November 8, 1957. He graduated from Montabella High School in 1980. Earl attended Montcalm Community College taking courses for Boiler Maintenance. Earl was employed in Machine Maintenance by General Electric, Ore Ida, and finally Indian Summers until his retirement in 1999.

Earl enjoyed playing cards with the seniors, fishing, hunting, reading, gardening, trapping, puzzles, 4-H activities, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Entrican Bible Church, and a volunteer at Heritage Village.

Earl is deeply missed by his wife Sandra Buskirk of Six Lakes; four children Lynne (Curtis) Dishong of Lakeview, Kirk (Missy) Buskirk of Kingsley, Nancy (Craig) Jeffrey of Sheridan, Karen (Dennis) Brasington of Lakeview; ten grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren; five siblings Robert (Shirley) Buskirk of Six Lakes, Ellis “Pat” (Verna) Buskirk of Six Lakes, Lavonna (Bruce) Johnson of Riverdale, Leota “Maxine” (Wayne) Bogart of Crystal, and Charles Buskirk of Remus; several nieces, nephews, friends, and church family.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents Covel and Emma Buskirk; and seven siblings Elton Buskirk, Rozella Braman, William “Bill” Buskirk, Leona “Doll” Cavanaugh, Fred Buskirk, Allen “Mike” Buskirk, and Covel “Buck” Buskirk Jr.

A Celebration of Earl’s life will be held on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 12:00 noon at Entrican Bible Church with Pastor Eugene Kooi officiating. The family will be accepting friends at visitation starting at 11:00. All are invited to a luncheon at Entrican Township Hall immediately following the service. Those wishing to make a contribution in Earl’s memory are asked to consider Entrican Bible Church or the Montcalm Community College Heritage Village.



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  • Dennis L. Brasington (Tuesday, August 22 17 04:49 pm EDT)

    thank you for all of the wonderful memories , and be being the worlds greatest grandpa to our childern

  • Jared Kooistra (Tuesday, August 22 17 05:46 pm EDT)

    Had the honor of knowing Earl years ago and what a amazing kind man he was. Sad to hear about his passing he will be missed by many RIP

  • Sarah A. Dishong-Perez (Tuesday, August 22 17 07:28 pm EDT)

    He was the type of man I hope many strive to be. A true blessing to family, friends, his community, and all that had a chance to meet him and spend time with him. We all love him and will continue to miss him.

  • Pat Buchholz (Tuesday, August 22 17 09:13 pm EDT)

    Sending sympathy and love to Sandy and your family. Al had many fond memories of the Buskirk boys as they were growing up and also in adulthood! Heaven gained another angel! Hugs to all! Thinking of Sarah and Ben too.

  • kirk buskirk (Wednesday, August 23 17 07:22 am EDT)

    He was such a wonderful father and I'm so proud to be called his son. Thanks for all the amazing memories Dad, RIP Love you

  • Missy Buskirk (Wednesday, August 23 17 08:41 am EDT)

    Thank you for all of the great memories. You will be missed here on earth, but heaven gained a new angel. You are now reunited with all of your loved ones that passed before you. Love your "favorite daughter in law"

  • Carolyn Towne Hansen (Wednesday, August 23 17 09:48 pm EDT)

    Thinking of you all Sandy and Lynne-

  • Alice (Thursday, August 24 17 08:19 am EDT)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your during this very difficult time. Leland & Alice

  • Patty Buskirk (Thursday, August 24 17 03:28 pm EDT)

    I married into the Buskirk family. I am married to Allen's (Mike) son Larry. Uncle Earl always made sure to make everyone feel welcome at the Buskirk Christmas. A few years ago, I stopped coloring my hair and went very grey. That first year at the Christmas party, Uncle Earl came up to me and welcomed me to the party. When I told him who I was and he recognized me, we both had a good laugh! My son Charlie also spent many happy times with Uncle Earl. We will all miss him greatly.

  • Lou Ann Miller (Thursday, August 24 17 03:42 pm EDT)

    My sympathy and prayers go out to the Buskirk family. I worked with Earl at Ore Ida. I always enjoyed our visits and will always remember his smile. RIP Earl

  • Ralph Krantz (Thursday, August 24 17 09:02 pm EDT)

    My sympathy goes out to the family.
    Remembering the fun times we shared with Earl when we worked together in Grand Rapids.
    (The rides in the back of the truck.)
    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  • Cynthia Palethorpe and family.. (Thursday, August 24 17 09:20 pm EDT)

    He was a genuine kind man..Always so generous and warm to all kids.. He will be missed by all.. Thank you for sharing him with my family and I.

  • Greg Maguire (Thursday, August 24 17 09:24 pm EDT)

    The loss of a great man, I have such found memories of working and talking trapping with Earl. One of the best neighbors a person could have. Prays to family, my thoughts are with you all.

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