Jerome Joseph “Buck” Buxkemper died Thursday, March 17 in Austin.
Jerome Joseph “Buck” Buxkemper died Thursday, March 17 in Austin. He was born in Rowena, TX on November 12, 1926. He was the third of seven children born to Mary and Gerhard Buxkemper. His education began in the one-room Kristoff Schoolhouse and continued at Ballinger High School, where he quarterbacked the Bearcat Football Team to a 32 and 3 record his senior year, under Felton T. “Pooch” Wright. The untimely death of his father in 1944 put a strain on their family. He had many duties around the farm and was the man of the house because his oldest brother had been drafted into WWII. He was selected to play in the High School All Star game where he was scouted by the Texas Longhorns. In 1944, he donned the burnt orange, playing quarterback at the University of Texas, on a scholarship, under D.X. Bible. His second season as a Longhorn culminated with a Southwest Conference Championship and a 40-27 victory over Missouri in the Cotton Bowl played on New Year’s Day 1946. Pressing responsibilities to family and the farm, prompted him to transfer to Howard Payne College, only an hour away from home. He commuted from school to the farm weekly and successfully balanced his obligations to both his education and the family. He quarterbacked the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets, once again playing under coach “Pooch” Wright. He returned to the 40 acres to finish his degree and was graduated from UT in 1948. He took a job in Colorado City, TX as head football and track coach and touched the lives of many young people through education and sports. Several of his players won state championships in track, played football in the colleges of Texas, Hollis Gainey was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and Don Maynard was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1953, disaster struck. A life changing automobile accident caused the loss of his first wife and left him severely burned. After a lengthy recuperation, he left Texas and accepted a coaching position at a Department of Defense Dependent School in Yokohama Japan. There he met Harriet Ewing of West Chester, PA and they were married on September 6, 1956. They moved to Frankfurt Germany in 1958. They too had a life changing automobile accident that left Harriet injured and Jerome partially disabled. In 1964 their daughter Ann Alexa was born and they returned to Austin in 1965. Jerome taught social studies at Wm. B. Travis High School from 1965 to 1982. He was twice selected as Travis High School Teacher of the year. In 2015 he was inducted into the Frankfurt American High School Sports Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. His Frankfurt track athletes won 6 straight Championships of all the American High Schools in Europe. He belonged to many civic and professional organizations including the National Education Association, Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, Austin Teachers Association, UT LAMP, University of Texas “T” Association and the Retired Coaches Association. He served as an Election Judge in Precinct 421 for 40 years and was a member of the Travis County Grand Jury. He faced many challenges in his life and always overcame them with his positive mental attitude and internal strength. He was a man of few words, but whenever he said something, it meant something. He went the extra mile to make his students feel as though they were part of the educational process. He tried to make his athletes the best they could be on and off the field.
He was preceded in death by parents Mary and Gerhard Buxkemper; his brothers Weldon, Wilfred, Richard and James Buxkemper; his sisters Isolda Halliburton and Jerline McCartney and his first wife Doris Randle Buxkemper. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Harriet Ewing Buxkemper, his daughter Ann Alexa Buxkemper, Chris Maloy and many nieces and nephews.
Please gather with us to celebrate the life of Jerome Buxkemper. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Ave. Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 2309 Euclid Ave. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum, 3650 South IH-35, Austin, TX
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com – Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Austin, TX – (512) 442-1446