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DEWARD "BUCK"

BUCHANAN

Deward "Buck" Buchanan entered his Savior's arms on March 26, 2010. He was born on July 20, 1940 to Henry Everett and Cora Ann Buchanan in Fresno, CA.

In 1965 Buck and Joni Bryant fell in love and decided to combine their daughters from previous marriages into one family. They were married in December of 1965. They added to their family with the addition of a son, and later on adopted another son.

Buck worked for the City of Fresno for 20 years, before taking an early retirement to move to Lake Almanor, where he, his wife, and in-laws, Ernest and Armada Bryant bought a resort. They sold the resort 5 years later, and returned to Fresno. The beauty of the mountains continued calling to Buck, though and they returned to Westwood, to live in "God's Country." Buck and Joni ran the Parts House in Westwood for years, before they had had enough of the snow and moved to Southern California. He and Joni relocated to Chico 5 years ago to be closer to their kids and parents.

In the last few years, Buck was able to realize his dream of woodworking. He was one of the finest craftsman around and could do wonders with wood. He spent hours in his shop trying to figure out what to do with different pieces of wood, and his family was greatly blessed by his gifts.

Buck was well loved by his family. He was never judgmental and always had words of encouragement for everyone around him. Even when he was in great pain, he was focused on making sure his family knew how much he loved them, and that they were right with God.

Buck is survived by his wife, Joni; his kids, Brenda (Steve) Sherod of Chester, Laura (Dave) Glenn of Downey, Debbie (Rocco) Ritchie of Chico, Randy (Stephanie) Buchanan of Westwood, and Mark Buchanan of Chico. He is also survived by his sister, Linda (Neal) McLemore of Auberry; brother, Troy Buchanan of Fresno; father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Armada Bryant of Chico; sister-in-law, Pam (Paul) Swartz of Susanville and brother-in-law, Ernie (Linda) Bryant of Hanford.

Buck had 11 grandkids, Jennifer, Erica, Rachele, and Kalynn Sherod, Holly Leach, Emily Glenn, Christopher, Matthew and Ashleigh Ritchie, Amy (Ray) Gerney, and Randy Buchanan. There are three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Zachary and Dayton. Buck is also survived by many nieces and nephews and friends.

Buck was predeceased by his parents and two older brothers, Hank and Pete Buchanan.

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home, followed by a reception at Caffé Ricci at 2:00 p.m.

Buck will be greatly missed by all.

You may view obituary and send condolences to Buck's family online at nbcfh.com.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 30, 2010
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