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Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III

Issaquah, Washington

November 11, 1936 - October 17, 2023

Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III Obituary

Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III (1936-2023)


In Memoriam


With profound sorrow, we say “farewell for now” to a true American hero, Samuel Abram Belcher III of Bellevue, Washington. Buck, as he was affectionately known, was not only a loving husband to Lynne and a cherished father to Clay and Meg but a man whose life was etched with distinction, love, and honor. He passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, surrounded by his family, just three weeks short of his 87th birthday.


Buck was born on November 11, 1936, in Macon, Georgia, the son of Sam and Tibba Belcher. His formative years unfolded in Anderson, South Carolina, where he graduated from Anderson Boys High. His pursuit of higher education led him to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, a decision that would set the course for a remarkable life of service and dedication.


On October 8, 1961, Buck embarked on a new journey of love and commitment when he married his sweetheart Lynne at Sandpoint NAS Chapel. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary, which is a tribute to a love that grew stronger with time.


Buck's life was marked by a storied 24-year career in the United States Navy, a journey that took him to the heart of some of the most pivotal moments in American history. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he fearlessly piloted the A6 aircraft. In his final two years of service, he rose to the rank of Squadron Commander for VA-165 Boomers on Whidbey Island, a position of immense responsibility that reflected his unwavering dedication to duty.


After his retirement from the Navy, Buck embarked on a second chapter of his career, spanning 24 years at Boeing. His expertise and experience were vital in the military sector before transitioning to the commercial airplane division. His work at Boeing was marked by the same dedication and integrity that defined his military service.


In his leisure hours, Buck found solace on the golf course, a passion he shared with his beloved children, Clay and Meg. Many evenings were spent playing golf together after dinner, forming precious memories that would last a lifetime. He cherished the companionship of his faithful dog, Fred, and loved working in his yard. Above all, he adored spending time with his grandkids and the love of his life, Lynne.


Buck’s calm demeanor and sage advice were a source of comfort and guidance for all who had the privilege of knowing him. His family holds dear the memory of a loving husband and the best dad anyone could wish for. Buck was a role model to many, a man of unwavering principles, always ready to lend a helping hand. His humility was matched only by his devotion to his family.


Buck is survived by his loving wife, Lynne, and their children, Clay Belcher (Michelle) and Meg Barlament (Rick), and his sister, Robin Patrick. Four cherished grandchildren, Alyx, Jaxon, Anderson, and Savannah, will forever carry forward the love and wisdom he bestowed. His memory is a beacon to a host of extended family members and friends who were touched by his grace and kindness. He is deeply missed, his legacy living on in their hearts.


A shelter service, accompanied by military honors befitting a hero, will take place at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 29, 2023, at Tahoma National Cemetery. All are welcome to join. You are invited to share memories, view photographs, and offer your condolences on Buck's tribute wall at www.flintofts.com, a space to celebrate the life of a remarkable man.


Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III's journey was a testament to honor, love, and dedication. His memory shall forever remain a beacon of light, guiding us with the lessons of humility, kindness, and unwavering commitment to family and duty. In his life, we find the embodiment of a true American hero.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations, in Buck’s honor, to the UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center: https://give.uwmedicine.org/where-to-give/



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III hosted by Flintoft's Funeral Home & Crematory.

Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III (1936-2023)


In Memoriam


With profound sorrow, we say “farewell for now” to a true American hero, Samuel Abram Belcher III of Bellevue, Washington. Buck, as he was affectionately known, was not only a loving husband to Lynne and a cherished father to Clay and Meg but a man whose life was etched with distinction, love, and honor. He passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, surrounded by his family, just three weeks short of his 87th birthday.


Buck was born on November 11, 1936, in Macon, Georgia, the son of Sam and Tibba Belcher. His formative years unfolded in Anderson, South Carolina, where he graduated from Anderson Boys High. His pursuit of higher education led him to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, a decision that would set the course for a remarkable life of service and dedication.


On October 8, 1961, Buck embarked on a new journey of love and commitment when he married his sweetheart Lynne at Sandpoint NAS Chapel. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary, which is a tribute to a love that grew stronger with time.


Buck's life was marked by a storied 24-year career in the United States Navy, a journey that took him to the heart of some of the most pivotal moments in American history. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he fearlessly piloted the A6 aircraft. In his final two years of service, he rose to the rank of Squadron Commander for VA-165 Boomers on Whidbey Island, a position of immense responsibility that reflected his unwavering dedication to duty.


After his retirement from the Navy, Buck embarked on a second chapter of his career, spanning 24 years at Boeing. His expertise and experience were vital in the military sector before transitioning to the commercial airplane division. His work at Boeing was marked by the same dedication and integrity that defined his military service.


In his leisure hours, Buck found solace on the golf course, a passion he shared with his beloved children, Clay and Meg. Many evenings were spent playing golf together after dinner, forming precious memories that would last a lifetime. He cherished the companionship of his faithful dog, Fred, and loved working in his yard. Above all, he adored spending time with his grandkids and the love of his life, Lynne.


Buck’s calm demeanor and sage advice were a source of comfort and guidance for all who had the privilege of knowing him. His family holds dear the memory of a loving husband and the best dad anyone could wish for. Buck was a role model to many, a man of unwavering principles, always ready to lend a helping hand. His humility was matched only by his devotion to his family.


Buck is survived by his loving wife, Lynne, and their children, Clay Belcher (Michelle) and Meg Barlament (Rick), and his sister, Robin Patrick. Four cherished grandchildren, Alyx, Jaxon, Anderson, and Savannah, will forever carry forward the love and wisdom he bestowed. His memory is a beacon to a host of extended family members and friends who were touched by his grace and kindness. He is deeply missed, his legacy living on in their hearts.


A shelter service, accompanied by military honors befitting a hero, will take place at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 29, 2023, at Tahoma National Cemetery. All are welcome to join. You are invited to share memories, view photographs, and offer your condolences on Buck's tribute wall at www.flintofts.com, a space to celebrate the life of a remarkable man.


Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III's journey was a testament to honor, love, and dedication. His memory shall forever remain a beacon of light, guiding us with the lessons of humility, kindness, and unwavering commitment to family and duty. In his life, we find the embodiment of a true American hero.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations, in Buck’s honor, to the UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center: https://give.uwmedicine.org/where-to-give/



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Samuel Abram (Buck) Belcher III hosted by Flintoft's Funeral Home & Crematory.

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