Ralph W. Buchanan MORGANTON Mr. Ralph Wilson Buchanan, 64, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at his residence, after a period of declining health. Mr. Buchanan was born July 31, 1948, in Haywood County, a son of Doshia Justice Buchanan, of Morganton and the late Woodrow Wilson Buchanan. He was a member of the Glen Alpine First Baptist Church and retired as a master planner with Rexnord, Inc. Ralph served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon with Device, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, two Overseas Bars, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Bronze Star Medal with V Device. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Elaine Cook Buchanan, of the home; a son, Travis Buchanan, of the home; a daughter, Amanda McNeal and husband, Jarred, of Franklin, Tenn.; and two granddaughters, Julia and Claire McNeal, of Franklin, Tenn. Also surviving are two sisters, Martha Snipes and husband, Martin, of Morganton and Shirley Crowe and husband, Jack, of Carolina Beach. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. this evening (Thursday, Jan. 17), at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, with Military Honors to follow by Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard and the National Guard.
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Published in The News Herald on January 17, 2013