John Murray Buchanan, 84, of Kellogg, Idaho, passed away April 24, 2013, at Mountain Valley Care and Rehabilitation of Kellogg. He was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Kellogg; John was the son of George W. and Ruth M. (Murray) Buchanan.
John attended and graduated from Kellogg High School in 1946. He then served in the U.S. Army and Air Force during World War II. John attended Farragut College for one year and then attended a diesel mechanics trade school in Portland, Ore.
John served as a diamond driller for Vivian Brothers of Kellogg; he then traveled to Seattle and worked for the Boeing Company for 10 years; he had also owned and operated Enco Service Station of Seattle. John then ventured to Alaska working for a fishery/cannery. He later traveled back to Seattle and worked for a wrecking company. John then moved back to the Silver Valley and worked for the U.S. Forest Service and later the Sunshine Mining Co. as a serviceman for 17 years before his retirement in 1982.
John is survived by his sister Jean Vosberg of Kingston, Idaho; his niece Elizabeth "Liz" Menke of Kellogg, Idaho; his nephew Steve Vosberg of Kingston, Idaho; his daughter Terri Ann Watne of Cocoa, Florida; two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents.