DERBY - Buchanan, Jerry L., 72, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013. A memorial gathering will be held 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, at Smith Family Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Rd., Derby. A second celebration of life will be held in Dodge City at a later date. Jerry was born September 3, 1941, in Carthage, Missouri. He graduated from Webb City High School in 1959, and earned his associate's degree from Joplin Junior College. He went on to serve in the Army Reserves, stationed at Ft. Ord in California, and the Missouri National Guard. On Valentine's Day 1969, Jerry married Sandy Goff. He enjoyed playing golf and watching KU basketball. Jerry and Sandy relocated from Dodge City to Derby in 2005, where he enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and spending time with his family. Jerry was a retired advertising representative for High Plains Journal and a high school football referee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Buchanan and Helen Morris, and brother Michael Morris. Survived by his wife, Sandy; children Matthew (Jill) Buchanan and Leslee (Doug) Johnson; grandchildren Reece and Ty Johnson and Jill's daughter, Caroline Manion; and brothers John, Keith, and Bob Morris. Friends are encouraged to contribute to the established memorials, in lieu of flowers: Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby, KS 67037, or First United Methodist Church, 210 Soule St., Dodge City, KS 67801. Jerry's family would like to extend a special thanks to physician and friends, Dr. Brian and Gina Comer. Share condolences at www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.
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Published in The Wichita Eagle on Oct. 27, 2013