We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Luke, Nate, Nick and Noah. We look to God as our refuge and strength and trust him to carry us through the painful days ahead.

We send a heartfelt thank you to all the family members, friends, and others from the Twin Cities community and around the world, for their prayers and expressions of love and concern over the past week. These have been a major source of support for us during this difficult time.

Our heroes throughout this ordeal are the incredibly courageous search team, men and women who have worked tirelessly over the past week to find our boys. Our gratitude for their efforts is infinite and we ask that everyone pray for their continued safety as the mission draws to a close.

Ginger, Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver.

Just wanted to let you know that even though things are calming down, perhaps the public outpouring is a little quieter, your family is in my thoughts today... I have no doubt that extended family and dear friends will help you through this first, challenging holiday. I have no doubt your boys are with you today and everyday.

Ginger -

It seems like just yesterday we were talking at BBY about your next journey in life. My prayers are for you as you travel down this path that has been presented before you.

Big Hugs,
Tracy Gardiner


I came across your story working the Intel Retail Edge Twitter Page for Intel and my heart went out to you. May god be with you and your family. I lost my mother at the age of 10 and at the time it seemed like the hardest thing in the world, but eventually I grew strength know that she was in a better place. Your boys will always be with you, stay positive and cherish this life while you have it. You will be reunited with them one day soon.

Deepest Condolences,


Dear Ginger and family,
I add my love, hugs and support to you all. And I thank you for allowing "us", your virtual community, to share with you this very difficult experience. You have modeled love and community in a way I've not ever experienced...at a time when it might have been easier to close down.

Please know that your story has touched me deeply along with the countless others. I am grateful for the gift of briefly knowing Luke and for your generosity. My heart is heavy for you all and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Lori

Ginger, Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver -

I have never met any of you but please remember that people all over are praying for you and your family. We feel close to you as the love and bond of a family is very strong. My wife Mandy and my two year old son Cooper and myself will continue to pray for you and keep you in our thoughts. We are sorry for your loss, but know they will be with you forever!

The Cullens
Wayzata, MN

November 5, 2010 Friday
Dear Ginger, Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver;
I spent a good few hours crying on Tuesday and I really don't know any of you. I only know Ginger from my short time at BBY. I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. Do you get sick of hearing the same thing? Are you angry?
I would like to thank-you for opening your family to the love and care of a virtual community. You will probably never see the faces of all who followed the story, carried some sadness and wept for you. I am a wife, an ex-wife, a mother, a daughter, a step daughter, a sister, an employee of a small company, a mom who watched my own family take off in a four seater family plane last year, and a faithful child of God. Please please please remember you are not alone in your pain and your suffering.
I pray that God will fill your hearts with understanding of each grieving process. I pray that you each feel God's hand holding you up when you can't stand on your own. I pray that you will comfort each other, unconditionally and to let your emotions out. I pray that you will feel the peace that Luke, Nate, Nick and Noah are experiencing right now.
God's Peace be with you Always,

Ginger and family,

Jim and I have been following the story and waited in prayerful anticipation for the results of the search. We were so saddened by the news! It seems so hard to understand, much less believe! Somehow, saying we're sorry for your loss just doesn't seem adequate., but we are truly sorry. We also feel blessed to have know Luke and to have witnessed both of your committment to each other and your family. We continue to pray for you Ginger and for Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver. We trust that the God of the universe will wrap you in his loving arms and carry you through! Love and Peace, Janice Netterfield .


We are friends with Tom O'Neill who worked for Luke at Sierra Bravo. We wanted to send our deepest sympathies and let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for your strength and courage to carry on. May the sadness you are feeling at this time soon be replaced with cherished memories.

-Lisa, Jay, Addison, and Frankie

Luke Bucklin Family-

I would like to offer my condolences to the Bucklin family for the loss of Luke + the 3 boy's. I am a brother of Scott (Scooter) Spillman. One year senior (in age) of Luke and Scott. Back then, Luke was a favorite and adorningly called "Lukey" for, I think, his charm and good nature. He and his boy's will be missed.


G. Spillman

Our son, Ken Sykora, is part of the Sierra Bravo family and, through him, we've heard of the inspiring leadership and sense of community that Luke and others have provided to the Sierra Bravo team. As parents ourselves, we can only begin to understand the effects of this tragedy on you and your family, but we want you to know that we are keeping you and everyone in your family -- and the entire Sierra Bravo team -- in our thoughts and prayers, hoping that you may feel a sense of God's love and care throughout this sad time. Please know that a lot of other people, whom you and your family have never met, are keeping you all close to our heart. Sincerely, Mark and Lori Sykora

Ginger, Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver,

Ever since I got the call from Southwest High’s principal informing us of the missing plane last Tuesday, the Bucklin family has been very much in my mind and in my heart, in my thoughts and in my prayers. My daughter is a freshman at Southwest, and Nate and Nick were in some of her classes. I didn’t know the boys, but I feel like I’ve gotten to know them a little since then, and they seemed like great kids – as did Noah and Luke. Knowing the way I feel – not having known them and still feeling a terrible sense of loss, I cannot imagine how you all feel. My heart goes out to you, and I will keep you in my prayers.

My mom died June 3, 2010, after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Certainly, the circumstances are extremely different, but I am comforted by really feeling like she is in my heart and treasuring the memories I have of her. I have included some poetry, just in case any of it may provide any comfort to any of you.

May the loving arms of God and your family and friends surround you and sustain you in these very difficult days.

Southwest High parent
Geri Armstrong


No farewell words were spoken,
no time to say goodbye,
you were gone before we knew it,
and only God knows why.

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be more than a thought apart,
for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart.

Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory
no one can steal.

Irish Tombstone
I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too,
I think of you in silence I often speak your name
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame
Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part
God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart.
The memory of a good person is a blessing.
Proverb 10:7
When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.
What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply
becomes a part of us.
Helen Keller

Make yourself familiar with the angels,
and behold them frequently in spirit;
for without being seen, they are present with you.
Saint Francis de Sales

A Parable of Immortality

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads his white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
He is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch until at last he hangs like a speck of white cloud
Just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone says, "There he goes!"
Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all.
He is just as large in mast and hull and spar as he was when he left my side
And just as able to bear his load of living freight to the place of destination.
His diminished size is in me, not in him.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There he goes"
There are other eyes watching his coming
And their voices ready to take up the glad shouts,
"Here he comes!"

By Henry Van Dyke

(Note: I took the liberty of changing the She/her in the poem to He/him.)

My daughter is an Anthony student and we live in your SW Mpls community. As I was laying down tonight with my 5 year old daughter, we prayed for Luke and the boys. All I kept thinking was, God must have a BOLD plan for this. To take such promise- He must have a serious plan. And we are here, to see and live His plan. Please know there is good. Emma talks already about how much closer the students at Anthony have gotten. Two weeks ago, all thoughts were on bullying, and now it seems like nothing compared to losing these boys. We will be with you, in prayer, in the days ahead.

We have mutual friends from high school. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following the story once we heard. We will pray for you and your family.

All of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are sorry for your loss.


Jim Ligori
Executive Director
Green River Outreach for Wilderness Foundation
Boulder, Wyoming

I can't express how incredibly sorry I am for your loss. My daughter Autumn and her friends, Jenny and Lauren were good friends with Nate. They all met at NGYC and I had the pleasure to meet Nate and Luke over the summer when Nate came to hang out with Autumn and Jenny. My son Dominick met and hung out with Noah at NGYC and spent some time with Nate when he was at our house. Both of my kids are upset at the loss and have found comfort in talking about their experiences with Nate, Nick and Noah. It amazes me how strong they can be. It helps that they have a strong faith. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be as you find a way to heal from this tragedy. The Bucklin boys will all be sorely missed, but as another writer stated, as Christians, we don't say "goodbye" we say "see you later." So Luke, Nate, Nick and Noah...we'll see you later!

Dear Ginger, Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver, and the whole Bucklin family,
Our family extends ongoing prayers for you in this very very diffiicult time. As a family, we are having a hard time dealing with it, so we can only imagine the grief you must feel. We are blessed we got to get to know Nate a bit and see what a great kid he was. Our son Drew has lost one of his best friends in this tragic accident. All the gang from Nate & Nick's class from Anthony, although they have gone to different high schools will continue to play football, frisbee, and whatever else they do in honor of your sons. They all went out and played football yesterday for them. It is really difficult to know what to say, how to act, and lots of times we are just speechless....in shock.
God will give us all the strength to get through this.
Our deepest sympathy is yours.

Tom, Bonnie and Drew Stinson

Ginger and family,

Our deepest condolences go out to you and your entire family. I haven't met you but I am related to your dad. Ever since your dad sent an email to my brother Gerald, who sent it to me, about the accident I have been following everything about it. Praying everyday that the outcome would be a joyous one, and deeply saddened when learning that it was not.

We cannot even begin to comprehend what your family is going through but want to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and God will see you through this. Your family is truly amazing and it is heartbreaking that this had to happened.

I went to school with your uncle Earl from preschool through high school.

God Bless your family.

Bonnie (Wick) and Dennis Danzl Cotton, MN

Dear Ginger, Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver,

We have never met, but we have three sons and one daughter. We can never relate to the tremendous loss that you have experienced. But we do pray that God somehow comforts you in this extremely difficult time. You are in our prayers.

From Psalm 112

6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn (family) will be lifted high in honor.

And from The Message version of the Bible, Matthew 11:28-30

28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

May God touch each of you with His strength and comfort.

Lori and Andy Ronchak
Eagan, MN

Thank You for the positive impact you have made on my son's life in the short time he knew you. Kalen has enjoyed his last two years at NGYC and specifically talked about you guys..."The Twins", upon returning home. He told me about your favorite daily activities, which included playing volleyball and swimming and making people laugh. He also mentioned that Noah came to camp this year for the first time and he enjoyed getting to know him too. Since camp last year, he has kept in touch with you all on FB and of course he thought you'd always be around to chat with or hang out with .

To the family:
Kalen and his friend, Dan Jackson (fellow campmate) have been so sad that their "buddies" from camp were missing, and even more so after the news came yesterday, that they are no longer here with us. Dan spent the weekend at our home last week and it was so good for the guys to hang out together and talk about your boys. I'm sure there will be a lot more moments spent together...reminiscing and sharing all the memories.

I just wanted you to know that Nick, Nate and Noah have touched and impacted my son's life...and our lives. We will continue to pray for your family in the coming days, weeks and years. We are so sorry for your loss.

The Johnson's
Krista, Scott, Kalen, McKenna (our angel in Heaven) and Jadyn


This past summer, you brought Noah over for a sleep over and you and I sat and talked for about 20-30 minutes getting to know each other and our families. I remember being so inspired by your family - how well you came together as a blended family. How well you, Luke, and Ginger operated as parents to your beautiful family. I left that conversation inspired to be better at coparenting with my exhusband. I have not gotten near what you three achieved. I will hold that close to my heart and strive to be the best I can be - you showed me a better way.

Noah was such a JOY to have here. My daughter loved him! He was so good with her. (Tyler's little sister, she was 2 at the time). He just had a such a Great energy and a pleasure to have in our company.

Another time, Tyler came home from staying with Noah and he talked about what a nice family and good people he was surrounded by. He enjoyed his times with your family. He is better for knowing Noah and your family. Thank you.

Tyler and our family is thinking of you several moments throughout each day. We send a prayer, love and light your way each time. As a mother I can' t comprehend the loss. My heart and prayers are with you. We have continually your entire family our hearts as well.

May God give you all the strenght to get through these trying times.

Stacey Voss Mom to Tyler Maltby and Peyton Voss

I am so saddened and sorry to hear about the loss. May you find comfort and strengh through friends and family during this very difficult and sad time. Cherish memories they stay with us forever, no one can take away the great memories of the loved ones we lose.

Many thoughts and prayers are with you and family
Tiffany schauls and daughter Victoria (Tori) Anthony Middle school

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I live in Lander and work with some of the folks who were in the SAR teams -- I know the town has been thinking and praying for you since the beginning. Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time.

We do not know each other but I wanted to reach out to you and tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I lost my son Kevin 5 years ago and can only imagine the depth your heartache. Be strong for your kids, stay in the moment, and know that you will be OK. As hard as it is to believe that now, you will emerge from this and be OK one day. God bless, be easy on yourself. You are in my thoughts.
Steve Peterson

Prayers from Wyoming go out to Family and friends of the Bucklin Family. Everyone in Wyoming is saddened by this tragedy. I have hiked up in the wind river mountain range personally and went to bible camp there since i was little. I can assure you that God is on that mountain and he was right there holding their hands the whole way.

To Marianne and Larry
I am sorry for the loss of your wonderful son and grandchildren. Luke and my son Peter have been good friends since they were 10 years old, and I have always been aware of the fine character of Luke. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Brenda DePalma

Ginger, Michelle, Sarah, Sami and Oliver and all the folks at Sierra Bravo and the Nerdery

We are so sorry for you loss - please know that your friends at Fallon are keeping you our thoughts and hearts.


Ginger - I am deeply saddened by the loss of Luke and his sons and am grieving your loss. Luke touched the lives of many, many people - as a husband, father, friend, co-worker, and leader. I am grateful to have been among those who knew him and cannot express the grief I feel for you in your loss. May God comfort and strengthen you in this time and may you know you are never alone.

God bless,

Martha Carlson

I am Mike D's sister-in-law and have been praying for you, your family, friends and the staff and Sierra Bravo since we got the news last week of Luke's plane's disappearance. I am utterly heartbroken over your loss and deeply saddened by the news today. During this horrific storm in your life I pray for God's comfort and strength and that you will sense He is there with you.

Praise You in This Storm--Casting Crowns
words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth


Jen and I want you to know that we love you, and will be at your side whenever you need us.


I have been struggling with what to say - and realize that there really is nothing to say other than that you are much loved and in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Rachel Haider

I am writing on behalf of myself and my husband John. He and Luke have been great friends for 26 years since teenagehood. Sarah and Sami knew him as uncle John when they were little. Luke is the link that brought John and I together 14 years ago. Luke got John a job in Raleigh NC where we met. I am eternally grateful. Since I met Luke, I was astounded what a wonderful father and friend he was and how profoundly wise he was. Yeah, he and John got into a lot of trouble as youngsters but always kept a strong bond as brothers. We were not able to see him and Ginger as often as we would have liked but when we did it was like not a day had passed.

Ginger , I am amazed at your strength and grace during this time and we are always here if you need us. And have always felt that you are an incredible wife and stepmother to the kids.

John and I having 3 dtrs of our own now, cannot express our greatest sympathy for the loss of your boys. You are still very dear in our hearts.

Luke not only was a best man at our wedding but a best dad, husband, and most of all friend. Luke and his boys will remain in our hearts forever.

The lord has received 4 very special angels.

Love Always,
Trish and John

See you in heaven "you hoser" (Our favorite movie, "Strange Brew"). I will miss you Luke, signed -Attic Man

God's Boxes

I have in my hands two boxes,
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, 'Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the gold.'

I heeded His words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I stored,
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.

With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.

I showed the hole to God, and mused,
'I wonder where my sorrows could be!'
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
'My child, they're all here with me..'

I asked God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold and the black with the hole?
'My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go.'

From Ann McMillon

I know we do not know each other but I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies for your horrific loss. Like many across this state and beyond, we have watched and waited and prayed for hope during the past several days. Your family has been the topic of conversation over diner tables and passing daily conversation. We are so saddened to hear the news today, although relieved they are found. We pray for you all. May you find peace in time and healing. May God's grace bless you.

Rochester, MN


You and the family are in our every thought.

We love you,
Gregg & Carolyn

Shar MacLaren

I am so very saddened over your loss. I've been following your story closely and can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for the outcome. Truly, though, we do serve a living, all knowing, ever powerful God. He knows all and understands. And He holds all of you in His strong and loving arms.

Spring Lake, Michigan


Words can not express the sadness I felt when I read that Luke and the boys had been found & there were no survivers. I can't even imagine the grief you are feeling. I just wanted to extend my thoughts and prayers to you and hope you and your family some how find peace & comfort in the love and strength of those who surround you. My heart goes out to you all in this difficult time .
Kim Buckles
St. Paul, IN

I can only begin to imagine what you all are going through right now. You are all in my thoughts as you begin to grieve this heart wrenching loss of your loved ones. I can't imagine the deep pain, sorrow, and rollercoaster of other emotions you must be experiencing right now and will continue to work through in the days and weeks ahead. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know it seems unimaginable now but I hope some day, with time, you too will feel some of the peace I now have (most days) nearly 27 years after losing my mother.

I hope the love and friendship that have provided you with strength and your strong faith that has brought you this far can continue to nurture you as you begin this next stage of grieving. As difficult as this loss must be I am so glad they were able to find Luke, Nate, Nick and Noah so you can have some closure to the uncertainity that existed during the search. I love you and look up to you so much more than you know. The pain I feel is for you and the loss you and your family are currently experiencing. No one should have to experience this. It is especially hard to see it happen to someone as kind, wonderful and God-loving as you. If you ever need anything don't hesitate to call. I'm mostly still a night owl so if in the middle of the night you find yourself needing another ear to listen, a hand to hold or a hug, remember I am here for you if you need me.

Love, Kari

I'm going to miss Nate, but I pray for your family through this tough time.

As we celebrate the Feast of All Saints and of All Souls, your dear ones are especially close to my prayers. May the souls of the faithful departed, though the mercy of God, rest in peace.


I'm very, very sorry for your, Sami's, Oliver's, Sarah's, and Michelle's loss. I loved my cousins very, very much. They will be missed dearly. I'm hoping that we will be coming up to see all of you soon. I'm very hurt and shocked. My heart goes out to all of you.



I'm so sorry that we're getting back in touch so many years after college under these circumstances. My family and I are heartbroken over your loss. We are sending you lots of love and prayers. I wish you stregnth at this difficult time. Please know that there are many, many people who love you and are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Rachel Zenner

My grandma in Malaysia has been praying for your family the whole time, she want me to send her deepest condolences to you and your family. I hope the prayer can make everyone a little easy.

God of all consolation, in Your unending love and mercy for us, You turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life.
Show compassion to Your people in their sorrow. Be our refuge and out strength to lift us from the darkness of this grief to the peace and light of Your presence.
Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, by dying for us, conquered death and, by rising again, restored life.
May we go forward eagerly to meet Him, and after our life on earth be reunited with our brothers and sisters where every tear will be wiped away.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (From Sacred Heart Prayer Book.)

-melinda chin

I am one of the many who has watched from a distance as the story of these beautiful boys and their father has played out and like many, I am silenced by the magnitude of your loss. Not to diminish the devastation of others' anguish, rather to acknowledge the unique grief you, as their mom, who gave them life, can only know. I am sincerely and genuinely sorry for you - and for everyone who loved them.

I logged on to write a message of sympathy to you, and this post says it all. Please know that the hearts of many moms are grieving with and praying especially for you. May God bless and bring peace to your family.

for you and your family.....

Hi Ginger & family,
I am Luke's cousin Terry Caswell's friend. I'm so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers.

Jennifer Learman, Shiocton, WI

I'm very sorry for your loss and I pray that you will find comfort.

Words cannot even begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I pray that the memories of Luke and your boys will sustain you in the difficult days to come. My daughters tell me that Nick and Nate were wonderful boys and Ella will miss her "locker buddy" Nate. They will live on in the hearts of all those who loved them.

Raquel, Kevin, Abby & Ella Counihan

I am so sorry and I ask for peace for you and your family.

I am so sorry. There are no other words. May you find peace and comfort wherever you can.