Byron BuckSANTA MARIA, Calif.—Byron Francis Buck, a missionary, died Dec. 22. He was 84.

Byron attended Northwestern Schools in Minneapolis, where he met Janice Murk. They married in 1950 and were blessed with four children. While living in Minneapolis, Byron worked for the Fuller Brush Co. and Dayton Rogers Manufacturers. After moving to Kalamazoo, Mich., he started his own manufacturer’s rep business and ministered with the youth at Bethel Baptist Church.

At age 40, Byron answered the Lord’s call to ministry and was ordained to be a home missionary, establishing ministries in Battle Creek and Ludington, Mich. After moving to California, he had ministries in Riverside, Moreno Valley, Sacramento, Sonoma, Campbell, and Foresthill under Western Baptist Home Missions.

After 58 years of marriage, his wife, Janice, went to be with the Lord. In late 2009, Byron married Judy Golike-Andrew and continued to minister in Foresthill, moving to Santa Maria in 2010. For the final years of his life he ministered in Los Alamos and Los Olivos.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; three daughters, Debra Jones, Denise Mazuk, Dawn Marcott; a son, Daniel; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 at 1:00 pm at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Santa Maria, Calif. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Byron F. Buck Memorial Fund or to Pine Grove Baptist Church.