Charles T. “Chuck” Buck, the third generation behind the Buck Knives company and most recently the company’s chairman, passed away February 6 of congestive heart failure.
Buck was a supporter of BVA and its mission, having sponsored events at national conventions. In August 2013 at the BVA 68th National Convention, Buck Knives, Inc. supported the Father Carroll Luncheon and other convention activities.
Retired Marine Graham Crutchfield, a close friend of Buck’s, presented all blinded veteran attendees at the Association’s 64th National Convention in Portland, Oregon, with a personalized commemorative Buck Knife following the convention’s Opening Business Session. Crutchfield coordinated the raising of the funds to purchase the knives at cost from Buck.
The knives were presented at the same convention to Operation Peer Support participants in a special meeting that recognized their sacrifice and service.
According to Crutchfield, although Buck has supplied the knives to literally thousands of service members, veterans, and families who have experienced the wounds of war from 2005 to the present, he was well aware of BVA’s mission and work—and mindful of the knives presented to veterans with sight loss.
“The presentations to the blinded veterans were important to him,” said Crutchfield. “As a Navy veteran he understood something of the sacrifices that had been made and what these brave men and women—and their families—have gone through.”
Buck included with every Buck knife a message from the Buck family addressing the growth of Buck Knives and the determination to make God their Senior Partner.
“I have worked with both Graham and Chuck in the past on projects to get out the Buck Knives to veterans,” said BVA National Vice President Dale Stamper. “Chuck was a great advocate for veterans and we will miss him greatly.”
The first celebration of his life will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, and a final memorial will be held on in San Diego, California, on May 13, the date on which he would have turned 79.