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Jason Buckanaga

Jason Buckanaga

Sept. 26, 1986-April 13, 2013

Jason M. Buckanaga, 26, of Ponsford, died suddenly at his home on Saturday, April 13.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, April 19 at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes and one hour prior to services Friday at the school.

Jason Michael "Ni gig" (Otter) Buckanaga was born to Thomas and Melissa (Whitaker) Buckanaga on September 26, 1986 at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont.

Jason spent his youth living in Aberdeen and Watertown, S.D., before moving to Brandenburg, Ky. He participated in basketball, football and earned center snare honors at Mead County High School.

Jason's gift of music allowed him to be selected by the Moxey Drumline, an elite percussion ensemble that toured and competed extensively. Upon his graduation from high school, he chased his dreams and began forming bands in Louisville, reaching the pinnacle with his band, Nerves Jr.

In 2009, Jason was blessed with the birth of his daughter, Locklyn. He moved to northern Minnesota in the fall of 2012 to come home and be close to his family. At the time of his death, he was employed by Ice Cracking Lodge in rural Ponsford.

Jason was a kind and kindred spirit who had a passion for many things in life including music, reading and, his greatest gift of all, his daughter, Locklyn.

Survivors include his father, Thomas Buckanaga of Ponsford; mother, Melissa Hill of New Salisbury, Ind.; his daughter, Locklyn and his soul mate, Jessica Moreno; brother, Treg Hill of Bamberg, Germany; sisters, Ashley Uribe and Whitley LeCompte, both of Aberdeen, and Maggie Buckanaga of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; his grandmothers, Donna Buckanaga of Ponsford and Shirley Tankink of Great Falls; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Clarence "Whit" Whitaker and John B. Buckanaga.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.