Gary Lee Buckley was born April 30, 1954 at Brookings, SD, to Ray and Evelyn (Fouts) Buckley. He moved to Mitchell with his family in 1963 and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1972. He graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy in Pierre. On November 11, 1978, he married Janice Hohn at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. He was Pennington County Deputy Sheriff in Rapid City for 28 years until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the South Dakota Bow Hunters Association, National Field Archers Association, Prairie States Archery Association and the National Rifle Association. He had been a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rapid City.
He is survived by his wife Jan, of Rapid City, his parents Ray and Evelyn Buckley of Mitchell, three brothers: Devin Buckley, Alan Buckley, Ryan Buckley and wife Stacy and Chris Buckley, all of Mitchell, three nieces: Allison and Natalie Buckley and Destiny Buckley, two nephews, Jason and Ben Buckley and his aunts, uncles and cousins.