David J. VanBuskirk


Dave was born and raised in Oklahoma. Because he didn't want to become a farmer, or an oil field worker, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and left for active duty shortly after graduation from high school. His affiliation with the Marine Corps would span most of the next eleven years of his life. Following his tour of duty if Vietnam (1966-'67), he was assigned to the Inspector-Instructor staff, 3rd ANGLICO, USMCR, on Terminal Island. In November of 1970, then Staff Sergeant VanBuskirk was forced to retire with a thirty percent physical disability, caused by his Vietnam service.
Dave became a Mortician strictly by accident. To put it bluntly, he needed a job following retirement so he could feed his family of six. He eventually found employment driving an emergency ambulance, a job for which he had absolutely no training, except for his Boy Scout first aid and Marine Corps training. His new boss just happened to own a mortuary. After a few months of employment, Dave became an apprentice embalmer, served two years as an apprentice, and attended the Los Angeles College of Mortuary Science, graduating in September of 1973. Dave was a licensed embalmer and funeral director for the better part of thirty-two years.
Dave has been married to his best friend, Grace, for over thirty-six years and lives in Southern California, where he has lived most of his adult life. Four men and two women call him Dad, and nine youngsters call him Grandpa. He is also the proud Great Grandfather of one and a half.
Dave has also had a first person article published in the "Leatherneck Magazine", a magazine for Marines.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was a first person article that I wrote for Reader's Digest. They didn't print it, but sent me a nice letter, signed in ink, encouraging me to continue writing and submit more articles to them. I sent my story off to the Leatherneck Magazine, and they bought it for $50.00.
What's the story behind your latest book?
During my thirty-two years as an undertaker, I saw death first hand. I've seen the bodies of old people who died of natural causes, and some on the most gruesome, and grotesque looking bodies imaginable. My story tells about some of those bodies, my relationship to the circumstances, and the part I played in the removal and disposition of those bodies.
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Where to find David J. VanBuskirk online


Bill's Diamond Lane Caper
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Biography, Nonfiction
Does a dead body count as a person? A true life adventure, and an excerpt from my book, "My Life With Death".
My Life With Death
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 96,730. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The memories of an accidental undertaker's journey. During my thirty-two years as a mortician, I've seen nearly every kind of death imaginable, and I've had my hands on some of the most gruesome and grotesque looking bodies imaginable. Out of the thousands of experiences in my career with the injured, the dying, and the dead, these are the incidents that will forever be etched into my memory.

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