Gerald H. (Jerry) Buchanan
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Gerald H. (Jerry) Buchanan, 79, Green Bay, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, March 3, 2013, from lung disease. Jerry was surrounded by his family who loved him enormously. Born in Green Bay on September 9, 1933 he is the son of the late Henry and Agnes (Queoff) Buchanan. Jerry graduated from East High School and served in the Army from 1954 - 1956 in Germany during the Korean War. On October 5, 1954, he married the former Joyce Collins at Saints Peter & Paul Parish.
Jerry was founder of Majestic Tile Company. Together with Mel Wilde they started the business in 1960. Jerry took great pride in his work and always strove to provide his customers with outstanding service and craftsmanship. He expanded the business to include a retail showroom in 1981 when his wife Joyce joined him in the business. Jerry retired in 2006 though he continued as the company "errand boy" and enjoyed stopping to visit with people he had done business with over the years. Jerry was revered by his customers as a true artisan in tile design and execution. He was very proud to have his two sons and daughter carry on the tradition.
Jerry loved bowling, golfing, playing cards, reading and spending time in Door County. He was an avid Packer fan. His wonderful sense of humor and strong faith are lasting legacies to his family. Jerry always thought he would win the lottery someday using the same numbers. Jerry treasured his family and friends and could find a connection with everyone with whom he met. His bright smile and twinkling eyes made a lasting impression.
Survived by his wife of 58 years - Joyce, four children: Karen (Mark) Larson of Edina, MN; Tim (Lisa) Buchanan of Suamico, Todd Buchanan of Green Bay, Kim (Scott) Thompson of De Pere; 8 Grandchildren: Laura, Julia, Tanner, Claire, Deidra, Grace, Carrie and Abby; two sisters: Bev Krouth and Jeanne Piontek; brothers and sisters-in-law: Milt (Carol) Collins, Bob (Marge) Collins, Merril (Carol) Collins, Irv (Saundra) Collins, and Kathy Collins; numerous nieces and nephews.
Also preceded in death parents: Henry and Agnes Buchanan, mother-in-law and father-in-law: Frank and Myrtle (Dupont) Collins; stepfather: Wilbur (Smiley) Schaut; brothers-in-law: Carl Krouth, Tom Piontek, Marv Collins, Les Collins, Gaylord Collins and Gary Collins; sisters-in-law: Phyllis Collins and Isabelle Collins.
Friends may call at MALCORE (East) Funeral Home, University Avenue at Baird Street, from 4 - 8 P.M. Wednesday (today) and prior to the funeral on Thursday. Parish wake service 7 P.M. this evening by Sr. Helen Keyzer, ANG. Thursday visitation will continue at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 312 Victoria Street, Green Bay from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral. Funeral Thursday 11 A.M. at St. Philip the Apostle Church with Father Mark Vander Steeg officiating. Entombment in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum.
The family wishes to thank Drs. Umang Gautam, Ray Bachhuber, Jeff Schroeder, Raul Mendoza and the staff at Aurora Baycare Hospital and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center for their compassionate care. In particular, we wish to thank the nursing staff who cared for him during his final days.
We also extend our sincere thanks to Sister Helen and Father Mark Vander Steeg from St. Philip Parish for their presence and prayers.
A memorial fund has been established to the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help or the
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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Mar. 6, 2013