With broken hearts and wounded souls, we announce the tragic loss of our beloved Kyler Friday, May 31, 2019. Kyler fought the good fight against the demons of PTSD, in a battle he could not win.
Kyler Garrett Buckner was born June 6, 1986, in Stillwater, Okla., to Wanda Buckner and Kenneth Buckner. He joined Kevin and Kenna at home and was soon followed by little brother Kash. His parents divorced in 1990. In summer 1991, Kyler and his three siblings came to Clarkston to live with their dad and his wife, Becky, along with Becky’s kids, Loni and Cody.
Kyler started kindergarten in the fall of 1991 at the brand-new Heights Elementary. He made great friends there, many of whom went on to graduate high school together in the class of 2004. Some went on to serve their country, enlisting together and proud to do so. Kyler enjoyed martial arts throughout his school years and was always proud of the fact that he earned his black belt under Sensei Frank Arnett, inspiring him to pursue other forms of martial arts in the military. During high school, Kyler played football and ran track, but his favorite sport was always wrestling.
Kyler proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. He served two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, as well as many other foreign and domestic assignments.
While stationed at MCAS-Yuma, Ariz., Kyler met and married Summer Rigg. Together they had a son, Kamden Garrett. They later divorced. While stationed at MCAS-Cherry Point, Kyler met the love of his life, Lisa Taylor. They were married in July 2015.
Kyler is survived by his wife, Lisa, and stepson Ashton in Ernul, N.C.; son Kamden in Ada, Okla.; parents Ken and Becky Buckner; brother Kash Buckner (Calla, kids Kaison, Spencer, Brody and Quinn), all of Clarkston; sister Kenna Buckner (Mark, kids Korbyn (Tucker, son Brooks), Kaden and Kameron); sister Loni Fischer (Jed, kids Logan, Kodi Jo and Adyson); brother Cody Benjamin (Kasey, daughter Sadie), all of Lewiston; brother Kevin Buckner (kids Kylee, Kadence and Kaleb) of Okla.; and multiple aunts, uncles and cousins in Washington, Idaho, and Oklahoma who love and will miss him until the end of time.
He was preceded to the other side by his mother, Wanda; his grandparents, Ralph and Jackie Buckner, Betty Cowger, Walter Zumhofe and Margie Williams; uncle Darrell Cowger; and his cousin, Vern McGuffey.
Kyler loved kids and would never want one to suffer, so in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. June 15 at New Bridges Community Church, 2102 Eighth St., Lewiston.