Dr. Henry L. Buikstra

Dr. Henry Lloyd Buikstra of Downs, 94, passed away Sunday, October, 16, 2016. He was born March 11, 1922 on the family homestead near Cawker City to Marten and Fanny (VandeRiet) Buikstra. He grew up on the homestead and in Dispatch. He graduated from Oak Creek Country Grade School, Athens High School near Ionia, and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.  He served as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corp during World War II.  He received a DDS from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Dental School and practiced dentistry in Downs for 39 years.

Henry married Althea Rose Voss on November 7, 1953 and they had three daughters. He married Beth Kuiken Sellers on September 2, 2001. He was preceded in death by his wife Althea Buikstra, daughter Sarah Buikstra, brother Burnill Buikstra, sister Alice Senti, and wife Beth Buikstra.  He is survived by daughters Leah Buikstra of Downs and Norah (Clark) Buikstra Spoden of Nashville, TN, a sister Evelyn Bouma of Holland, MI,, sister-in-law, Lorraine Voss of Downs, and an extended step family.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 21, 2016, 10 am at the United Methodist Church of Downs with burial at the Downs Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Sarah Buikstra Memorial Scholarship or the United Methodist Church of Downs in care of Domoney Funeral Home, PO Box 127, Downs, KS 67437.

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