Richard Wayne Buchanan passed from this life on August 20, 2020. His visitation service will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 24, 2020 at Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater. His memorial service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater. Those wishing to view his service virtually may contact the family for a livestream link. Social distancing guidelines will be observed at both the visitation and funeral service. The family values the support of the Stillwater Community and wants to keep everyone safe. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.
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He was born August 6, 1946 in Oklahoma City to Harry Lafayette and Ola B. Buchanan. Richard lost his father to death when he was an infant. He then spent his early years with his two Native American grandmothers in Carter and Love counties, who as he said, molded his personality and behavior, affected his philosophies, and influenced a great deal of his life. He moved to Oklahoma City to live with his mother to start grade school, and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1964. Richard worked as a clerk for Sohio Oil Company for two years, then accepted a job at Kerr-McGee Corporation in the oil and gas accounting department.
He attended Central State College in Edmond studying accounting and became the chief accountant of Oil and Gas Worldwide at Kerr-McGee, passing the CPA exam in 1977. He established his own CPA practice in 1980, specializing in oil and gas clients until the petroleum industry collapse in 1986. He and his family then relocated to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where he practiced public accounting for the expatriate community and served as executive director of a foundation providing health care to indigent reservation Indians. His last four years in Mexico were spent as the general manager of a large assembly operation for the “Precious Moments” giftware company.
He moved to Stillwater in 1995 and enrolled at Oklahoma State University completing a B.S. degree in International Business. He attended graduate school and taught courses at OSU in accounting and finance for 22 years, retiring in 2017. He belonged to Frontier Rotary, the Knife and Fork Club, and the Gideons. Richard served as a trustee and on the finance committee of Stillwater First United Methodist Church, served on the City of Stillwater Board of Adjustment, and sat on the Eagle Scout Board of Review for the Cimarron Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also active in the United Methodist Men, delivered food for the “Our Daily Bread” ministry, and was active in OSU Greek student life activities.
Richard was preceded in death by his father, mother, one brother, and only sister.
He is survived by his wife Diane, son Adam and wife Nicole of North Carolina, their sons Peyton and Pierson, daughter, Bethany and her daughters, Lily and Ava of Stillwater. He has one living brother, Larry Buchanan of Phoenix, Arizona, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their tremendous gratitude and appreciation to the nursing staff of Karman Legacy Hospice for the loving care shown to him in his last days.
Memorials can be made to the Oklahoma State University Foundation: fund 20-90430, Richard and Diane Buchanan Endowed Scholarship in music: 400 S Monroe St, Stillwater, OK 74074.
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