Thomas (Tom) Edward Buchan, 84, Warsaw, passed on June 22, 2019 in Mason Health Care. Thomas was born August 20, 1934 in the family farmhouse in Rome City, Indiana of Ralph and Mary Buchan (Waltenburg). Tom joined the Army in 1953 and became a Chief Radio Operator managing 28 men in his unit in Germany. He had many jobs over his lifetime from being a butter boy on a dairy route to driving trucks delivering all over the US. He had successful businesses in his lifetime, Buchan TV Repair, Orlando FL, Tiger Wrecker Service and Buchan Electric, in Warsaw from which he retired in 1996. He lived a full life with his many hobbies and affiliations. He was a member of the Warsaw Masonic Lodge #73, a member of the Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine of Kosciusko County Shrine Club and Shriners Mini- Bike Patrol, a member of ARRL, Hoosier Lakes Amateur Radio Club, American Legion and NRA. Tom was an avid Ham Radio operator (N9AL) working with Salvation Army, American Legion, National Weather Service, among several others, helping with natural disasters all over the world. He enjoyed playing piano, building and programming computers, repairing antique toys, building R/C planes, boats, and helicopters, enjoying and watching his grandchildren play sports and going to dance recitals.
He is survived by his brothers, Robert James “Jim” (Jeanie) Buchan, New Haven, IN, Jerry (Audrey) Buchan, and Bert “Butch” (Cecilia) Buchan, Fort Wayne, IN. Surviving are his children, David Buchan, Warsaw, Deborah (Andrew) O’Connell, Mentone, Denise (Bill) Keller, Winona Lake, Ryan Buchan, Warsaw, and JoAnn Buchan, Warsaw; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Warsaw Masonic Lodge, Warsaw, IN. Military Honors to Follow by the American Legion Post #49 & V.F.W. Post 1126. Arrangements are entrusted to McHatton- Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
Donations in his memory can be made by mail to
Shriners Hospitals for Children
2211 N Oak Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60707