Born on May 8, 1928, Buchanan spent most of his childhood in Bemidji, Minn., and his adulthood in Willmar as a judge, on the bench for more than 30 years. He served on many organizations including the historical society, the American Legion, and was active in his church and with his family.
Upon retirement he traveled the world, spent time with family and friends, and fished.
He and his wife, Jeanette Buchanan spent 15 winters in Port Aransas, where he learned to love catching redfi sh and drum.
Buchanan was preceded in death by father, Leal J. Buchanan; mother, Florence Marcella Mueller; and brother, Jim Buchanan.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons Douglas (Lynn) Buchanan of Willmar, Curtis Buchanan of Washington, D.C. and David (Julie Kucinski) of Minneapolis, Minn.; daughter Kimberly (Gary) Kocken of Lakeville, Minn.; grandchildren William (Abby) of South Bend, Ind., Saralyn of Duluth, Minn., Andrew and Jacob of Willmar and Britney, Dylan and Alexis of Lakeville; brothers Jerome Buchanan of Bemidji, Minn. and David (Darlene) Buchanan of Casa Grande, Ariz.; and sister-in-law Karen Bjorgo and niece Benita Bjorgo (Joe Van Sloun).
Memorials can be made to the scholarship fund at the Willmar American Legion, and can be arranged by calling (320) 235-8136.