Linda Gail Buckman was born on January 18, 1948 in Muscatine, Iowa the daughter of Harold and Margret Buckman. She passed away on May 14, 2019 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Early in her life Linda moved to the Kansas City area with her parents. She graduated from Ruskin High School. Linda married Jim Portman in January of 1966. A week later he was inducted in the Marines. Linda stayed with her aunt and uncle in the L.A. area while he was in training. After Jim shipped out for Vietnam she worked for a savings and loan company in downtown L.A. After Jim returned, he joined the L.A.P.D. 5 years later their first son, Brian was born, and they moved back to north Missouri. They had a small farm there. Jeff was born and Linda would take him to the barn in a baby walker while she milked a Jersey cow. Jim’s grandmother taught Linda to make butter, how to home can, and raise a garden. Linda worked at Montgomery Ward until Jim graduated from the Highway Patrol Academy. They were assigned to Dallas County. Linda began working as a babysitter, then a medical assistant with Dr. Sluder, then Dr. Carnell. She worked at Buffalo Bank, then 22 years at O’Bannon Bank as a loan officer and Vice President. She worked there until her health failed. While living in Dallas County, she served on the school board and several civic organizations. She loved working with the people of Dallas County and living on the farm. She was baptized during her last stay at Mercy Hospital.
She is survived by her husband Jim, her sons Brian and Jeff, daughters-in-law Monica and Jessica, her grandchildren Rayghan, Cole, and Kayla, brothers-in-law Terry, Charles and sisters-in-law Cheryl and Lynn. Linda was loved and will be greatly missed.
Graveside Service will be Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the Lone Rock Cemetery with Bro. Aaron Taylor
Officiating, under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness & Viets Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be Friday, May 17, 2019 in the Cantlon Otterness & Viets Funeral Home.
In Lieu of Flowers the family has requested Donations to be made to Buffalo Heart to Heart.