In Memory


Morris L. Buck, 78, formerly of Delphi, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at 1:30 a.m. at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. He had battled cancer for a short time.
Born July 20, 1930, in Brazil, Ind., he was the son of the late Alvin and Irene Gerber Buck. He graduated from Brazil High School in 1950 and then earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in 1957. He received his Master of Arts degree from ISU in 1961.
Mr. Buck was retired. He taught English and speech at Delphi Community High School for 33 years.
He was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served during the Korean War.
He enjoyed traveling, having traveled the world extensively and all 50 states.
Surviving are a sister, Norma Ruddock (husband: John) of Brazil; two brothers, Bill Buck (wife: Carol) of Brazil and Marvin Buck (wife: Sandy) of Rockville; and several nieces and nephews.

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09/16/09 03:07 PM #3    

Tony Sturgeon (1990)

When I am teaching speech skills to my 7th graders, I still yell "comma!" at them everytime they say, "um". He made me a better speaker and I still count the times in his class as some of my best at Delphi.

12/26/09 01:40 AM #4    

Dale Lanham (1982)

I agree with all the responses here. I remember so many things about his classes. You would come in the desks would be in a different place everyday. He kept things fresh and fun. I learn how to speak in front of people and it has served me well. Thank You Mr. Buck. You made a difference. I wish I could have one last chat with you to let you know that in person. Rest in Peace.

12/27/09 10:27 PM #5    

Phil Johns (1983)

I had a lot of great teachers at DCHS. Mr. Buck was the best!

01/05/10 04:29 PM #6    

Michael Griffey II (1991)

Mr. Buck was a great teacher. I also remember his reaction to the words "um" or "uh", the most memorable of which was when he would say "Um is NOT a word!"

01/06/10 12:48 AM #7    

John O'Neill (1981)

I learned so much from Mr. Buck, I hardly know where to begin. He challenged us. He made us think. He made us work. His classes were difficult, and he could be a pain. I remember how legendary his Speech class was sophomore year. I approached it with such a sense of trepidation. He had strict rules, he stuck to them, and he didn't seem to care if he embarrassed you. It took me awhile to fully appreciate what he was trying to do, and now I thank God that I had a teacher who cared as much as he did. It was exactly what I needed - someone to push me. He showed me that you appreciate something more when you work for it, and an easy A is worthless. I'm teaching college kids now, and every day, it seems, I apply a lesson I learned from Mr. Buck. Oh, and he's also the reason I chose Northwestern over DePauw. Nothing against DePauw, but Northwestern was where I needed to go, and somehow, he understood that. Taking that advice change my life.

03/04/10 11:37 AM #8    

Cheryl-Lynn T Vaughan (Neal) (1980)

He was the only teacher who always called me by my "full" first name.....Cheryl-Lynn. I remember and learned a lot from his class.

03/13/10 09:37 PM #9    

Constance Riley (Rodenbarger) (1969)

I, too, enjoyed Mr. Buck's English Class. He was a good teacher, and I learned alot. I wish I could have visited him before he passed.

04/06/10 09:05 AM #10    

Terry Broach (1975)

A teacher's words have such tremendous impact. As a 1975 grad, I can never forget Mr. Buck's comment to me one day after play practice for South Pacific. It was late. I was walking out the front of the building waiting for my ride. Mr. Buck comes up to me saying, "Terry, you are the most pleasant person to work with", as we talked about my lead role in the play. The point here is not about me, but Mr. Buck. To have a person of such high regard and demand make such a comment to you privately; the impact is priceless and enduring throughout your life.

Mr. Buck has passed on, but his spirit endures in all us who were fortunate to have known him.

...and who can forget the dapper man driving away in his cool Porche?!!


05/13/10 01:49 AM #11    

Chris Bradshaw (1971)

 I loved Mr. Buck!  While his English class was great and inspired me, especially in the speech department, it was doing the plays and musicals that I most adored.  Mr. Buck, in his very demeanor, had a way of encouraging all of us to get past our teen inhibitions to become someone bigger than ourselves when we were on stage.  He treated his students with respect and individuality, and they gave him more because of it.  My family usually invited Mr. Buck to dinner at least once a year and it was very special to have him visit our home.  He was a puff of sophistication in a small town breeze.  Loved that.

04/19/13 09:10 AM #12    

Pat George (1978)

Mr. Buck was simply an outstanding educator. He expected the best because he knew we were capable and his impact on me has been a lifelong gift. Fortunately, I have been in a position to pass his wisdom along to countless students and I am forever indebted.

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