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Tim Buchanan

June 12, 1967 January 21, 2015
Tim Buchanan
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Obituary for Tim Buchanan

Timothy Kent Buchanan died January 21st, 2015, while working at a job site in Kansas City, KS. He was 47 years old.
            He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Buchanan of Golconda and both sets of grandparents, Kestner and Addie Buchanan of Golconda and Maurice and Minnie Knight of Rosiclare.
            Survivors include his wife, Iris (Hughes) Buchanan; son, Travis and wife Crystal Chastain, grandchildren, Haley and Hayden all of Murphy, NC; his mother Suzanne Knight, formerly of Rosiclare, now living in Ohio; a brother from Harrisburg, Mike and Kim Buchanan, and their children, Blake and Bryleigh; a sister from Golconda, Kelley (Buchanan) and Mike Rison, and their children, Corey, Zach, and Jacob.
            Tim was born June 12, 1967. He graduated from Pope County High School in 1985. He played a few sports but his talent was in music. He played the trumpet and played it well at numerous  parades with bus rides, the pep band at ball games, and at the spring and winter concerts; these were all parts of the love he had for music.
            Now let’s all be honest, Tim also excelled in mischief. Wether it was firecrackers going off in school or moving a teachers car over the curbs in the parking lot, he was always in it up to his eyebrows.
            Tim was always on the go. He had that black jeep and it took him on many adventures, from back roads, to fields, to sand dunes. It is doubtful there is a road out there in Pope or Hardin County he had not been on.
            The Nine Day Trail Ride was a highlight of summer. Don’t tell Tim that a Cadillac doesn’t belong at the ride or that a pizza can’t be cooked on a grill.
            In 1990, he entered the United States Navy. He was able to continue with his playing of the trumpet. He was the bugler for his graduating class from basic training in San Diego. Tim worked as a machinist mate in the boiler room on the Donald B. Beary, a frigate ship. One of the ship’s missions was drug interdiction. It was stationed at Norfork, Virginia and would go out to sea for 4-6 months at a time. He was unable to attend his sister Kelley’s wedding, so his mother sent cake through the mail. Tim would have gladly shared, mold and all.
            Tim was discharged in 1994 and headed to North Carolina to visit a Navy buddy and never left. He met a gal named Iris and they were married in 1994. They married on Crab Orchard Lake and returned to live in Murphy. They enjoyed camping together and traveling throughout the wilderness of the mountains. He adored his in-laws, Clinton and Lillian.
            He worked as a truck driver and as a carpenter building houses. Tim was a good handyman and was able to do inside finish work along with electrical and landscaping. He took pride in building and remodeling and recently had remodeled his own home.
            Tim worked as a journeyman millwright working on turbines in power houses. He worked as a foreman for Sieman’s and was in training to become a superintendent. His jobs all required traveling as he worked all over the United States.
            In between jobs, Tim found enjoyment playing ‘Taps’ at military funerals for fellow servicemen. His latest joy was riding his motorcycle through the country side.
            People seemed to be drawn to him. His contagious laugh, his charming smile, and outrageous sense of humor. All that came with a tell-it-like-it-is, good or bad, approach. He at times felt like a black sheep, but the bottom line is he had a heart of gold and was just a good ole’ country boy.

            Visitation will be from 3-6pm on Tuesday, January 27,2015 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL.
Funeral service will be at 6:00pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Tim's mother to help with expenses, Suzanne Knight 383 Old Golconda Road, Golconda,IL.


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