Shelbyville Daily Union


March 28, 2014

Gary Reid Buchanan

Gary Reid Buchanan


Gary Reid Buchanan, 76, of Cowden passed away at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday (March 26, 2014) at St Johns Hospital, Springfield.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in the First Christian Church, Cowden. Masonic rites will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday with services immediately following. Rev Darrel Hinkle will officiate. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Cowden First Responders/ Fire Department. Arrangements are by Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Cowden.

Gary was born February 5, 1938 in Shelbyville the son of Wilmer Reid and Bonita (Cihak) Buchanan. He married Hilda Lee Neece April 7, 1968 in Pana.

Gary served in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960 stationed in Hawaii and Guam. He was a member of the Cowden American Legion, Past Master and life member of the Joppa Lodge 706 in Cowden and now the Greenland Lodge 665 in Beecher City, 32nd degree mason, Scottish Rite of Danville, and served as assistant Fire Chief of Cowden for 20 years. He operated Buchanan Service Station in Cowden with his father and brother for over 50 years.

Gary held his pilots license and loved to fly. He was a member of the “feared” Taylor Bowling team and loved to hunt and eat mushrooms, playing horseshoes and cards and telling a good story. He was a pillar of the community, helping people and enjoying his time spent with family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Hilda, children, Jean Ann McKavetz of Cowden, James L. Robinson (Bev) of Cowden, Liada Paradee (Scott) of Assumption, Trent R Buchanan of Cowden and Tim Buchanan of Cowden, grandchildren, Dana Robison (Larry), Leann Mason (Kelly), Jared Day, Becky Higgins, Jill Higgins, Hillary Buchanan, Chance Buchanan, Blaine Buchanan, Jhett Buchanan, and Chuck Bennett (Zel); 12 great-grandchildren, sister, Donna Banning of Effingham and brother, W. Trent Buchanan (Shirley) of Cowden.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Ernie Bennett.

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