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Chuck (Charlie) Buchanan
November 1, 1929 - December 19, 2017
Chuck (Charlie) Buchanan passed from this life on December 19, 2017.
Memorial service: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Martin’s Funeral Home, Granbury.
The first child of Jesse and Opal (Gillmore) Buchanan of Campo, Colorado just a few miles from the Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado borders. He was born No…read more
Chuck (Charlie) Buchanan passed from this life on December 19, 2017. Memorial service: 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Martin’s Funeral Home, Granbury.
The first child of Jesse and Opal (Gillmore) Buchanan of Campo, Colorado just a few miles from the Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado borders. He was born November 1, 1929, the Friday following Black Tuesday, the beginning of the Great Depression, with the Dust Bowl soon to follow. These greatly influenced the extended family, forcing their relocation to De Ridder in western Louisiana. Chuck attended schools in Louisiana, Texas and Kentucky, graduating from Portland High School in Louisville KY.
Chuck spent four years in the US Army, the majority of which was spent attending DOD-provided schools in Georgia, New Jersey and New Mexico studying electronics and radar. On his final assignment in Albuquerque, NM he met and married Joy Rizzotto, on April 4, 1952, his wife of 65 years.
After Army service they moved to Garland, TX where he joined Collins Radio (later Rockwell International) and had a 38 year career with various manufacturing and engineering assignments. Before retiring from Rockwell, Chuck had his own TV repair business and following retirement had his own air conditioning repair service. Chuck and Joy raised their family in Garland where they were charter members of the Saturn Rd. Church of Christ. In addition to church activities, Chuck was an active supporter of Boy Scouting. He served the BSA as Committee Chairman and merit badge counselor, frequently camping with the boys.
After retiring and moving to Granbury in 1996, Chuck was an active member of the Granbury Church of Christ. He also trained and became a Certified Benefits Counselor for the Texas Health Information Counselling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) and volunteered in excess of 4,000 hours counseling older and disabled Texans in the benefits available to them.
Chuck is preceded in death by his mother, Opal, his father, Jesse, and his brother, Kermit. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joy; his son, David and wife Deborah, and his daughter, Kimberly and husband, Michael Walker, two grandsons, two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. Chuck is also survived by his sisters Margaret Ward, Mildred Cox, Esther Ruth Harrison and Lona Ann Cooley.