James J. Buckwheat, 69 of Eau Claire passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems- Eau Claire.

James was born on September 1, 1949 to Duane and Jean (Preve) Buckwheat in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

James is survived by his sons, Robert (Shea) Buckwheat of Eau Claire and Richard (Amy) Buckwheat of Malvern, AR; daughters, Sandy (Michael) Ruscin of Altoona and Stacy Buckwheat of Altoona; granddaughter, Katie Buckwheat of Eau Claire; siblings, Bonnie Walters, Mary Prieve, Rhonda Werlein, Patricia Peterson, and Tammy Davis; special friend, Carol Warber; his newspaper customers; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

James is preceded in death by his wife of 23 years of marriage, Judy Buckwheat; his parents; sisters, Donna Newton and Chris Kellum; and brother, Gary Winget.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm at The Salvation Army in Eau Claire. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Salvation Army on Tuesday. Burial will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10:00 am at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends and family may leave online condolences at www.smithfuneralec.com.