Obituary of Walter Buckert, Jr.
Walter J. Buckert, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 25th at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.
Walter was born on February 24th, 1933, in Rochester NY, to Walt and Marge Buckert. In 1955, Walter graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Business. He joined the General Electric Company’s Corporate Financial Program where he was assigned to the Federal Government Department of Electronics Division. From there, he was promoted to General Electric’s Lighting Business Group, its highest division by revenue at that time. He took on increasing roles of responsibility with each transfer accepting positions in New York, Cleveland and Richmond. His final assignment from General Electric, before his retirement in 1995, was as Manager of U.S. Government Sales and Marketing for all lighting products for government use and resale to military personnel. In that role, Walter grew government sales and created a division highly valued to this day. After 47 years with General Electric, Walter joined Webco General Partnership in 1996 as Director of Government and Industry Affairs. A strong advocate for military personnel and their families, he was awarded the ALA Lifetime Achievement Award the Department of the Army Outstanding Civil Service medal for his service and The Exchange.
Walter is survived by his beautiful wife of 55 years, Mary Sutton Buckert and loving daughter, Laurie Grayson; son-in-law, Bill Grayson; and granddaughters Katherine, Elizabeth, and Caroline Grayson who fondly referred to their grandfather as Buddy.
Walter will be remembered for his loyalty, hard work, and dedication to others. He was a true blooded, American patriot who never took his freedom for granted. He was a humble, stoic man, with strong convictions and beliefs, but underneath it all, was a childlike spirit. Walter was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will forever be missed.
Family will received guests Friday, March 2 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170. Mass of Christian Burial 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 2 at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 46639 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, VA 20165.