Kenneth John Buck, 68 | News, Sports, Jobs

Kenneth John Buck, 68, of Marshalltown, died September 24, 2022 at the Iowa River Hospice House from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He set foot in the glories of heaven only 16 days after his father.

A celebration of Ken’s life was held at Journey Church on Monday with Pastor Jacob Rahrig officiating. It is available at

Ken was born in Marshalltown on November 1, 1953 to John Jaroleman Buck and Lois (Nason) Buck. He had three sisters, two older, one younger. He attended Rhodes Primary School, always claiming he was a Rhodes Scholar. He excelled in studies, played clarinet, guitar, and piano ragtime, sang at the All State Music Festival for two years, and was known as a nice guy. He graduated from West Marshall High School in 1972. After graduating from Iowa State University, Ken joined the Campus Crusade for Christ team and served as a missionary teaching agriculture and the Bible in Nigeria where he met his wife for life, Betsy Antle. They married on January 24, 1981, in Peoria, Illinois, and spent 41 years together.

Ken returned to Iowa in 1983 to farm with his father, raising crops, hogs and cattle. He and Betsy raised two children on the farm, Jennifer and Timothy. After 25 years of farming, he worked in house repair/construction with his son for five years. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Betsy, spending winters in Florida, woodworking, and spending time with their grandchildren.

Ken was known as a Bible teacher and also traveled to Iowa and beyond giving seminars with Walk Thru the Bible. He was active in the leadership of the First Baptist/Journey Church.

To remember his divine heritage, he remains his wife Betsy (Antle) Buck, his daughter Jennifer (Michael) Smith, Rockford, Illinois, and his son Tim (Kristianne) Buck, Marshalltown, and four grandchildren: Evelynn, Lyla and Eliana Buck and Ethan Smith; his sisters Jan (Karl Pedersen) Buss, of Virginia, Joyce Buck, of Marshalltown, and Jean (Terry) Meyer-Scott, of Colorado; and his father’s widow Patricia Buck and her four children. Ken also grew up with 28 close cousins, including 22 boys, who shared many farm shenanigans. They all survive him.

He was predeceased by his mother, Lois, in 1993 and his father, John, in 2022.

Memorials may be designated to Journey Church Youth Ministry, Iowa River Hospice, or Alzheimer’s Association for Research.