Ronald Lee Buchanan, 74, of Fairmont, went to sleep holding the hand of his soulmate and lifelong love and awoke in the presence of his Savior on Tuesday (Jan. 9, 2018) at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Ron was loved by his family and friends. He was funny, witty and had a heart of gold. He never met a stranger who remained a stranger for long. He was a practical joker who enjoyed teasing his relatives. He was the ultimate "Santa Claus."
Ron loved and lived for his family. He demonstrated a strong work ethic and was always willing to sacrifice for his family. He was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren, and bragged about them to anyone who would listen. His children and grandchildren adored him in return.
As a teenager, Ron was a typical "gear-head." He never lost interest in antique cars and dreamed of restoring the 1934 Chevy he owned in high school. Most importantly, Ron was a Christian and tried every day to live a Christian life. Throughout his illness, he praised Jesus for every blessing. Ron will forever be remembered as a "good man" by those that knew him.
Ron worked as a coal miner at Martinka Mine in Fairmont for 20 years. Upon his retirement, he became a school bus driver for Monongalia County Schools. He had a special interest and love for each of his special needs students.
Ron was born July 18, 1943, the middle son of James and Frances Buchanan. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers James, Charles, and John Buchanan; and his special brothers-in-law Paul Croston and Ralph Jackson.
He leaves his family with wonderful memories and stories to cherish and pass on to future generations.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Sandra Shine Buchanan; his son Ron Buchanan and wife Anna of Charlottesville, Virginia; his daughter Frances Pride and husband Ed of Fairmont; his grandchildren Ian Buchanan, Eddie Pride, and his "Peawinkle" Erin Pride. Also surviving are his brother Robert Buchanan and wife Sandy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; special prayer warrior and sister-in-law Priscilla Croston; and special in-laws Vicki and David Fox, Larry and Debra Shine, Vic and Patty Shine, Kathy Jackson, John and Robin Dugan, Rickey Buchanan (James), Barbara Buchanan (Charles) Barbara Buchanan (John) as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his special kitties, Blondie and Twilight, in the care of his family.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 and from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home, with the time of funeral services at noon with Pastor John Jackson officiating. Entombment will follow at Beverly Hills Chapel of Tranquility Mausoleum.
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