Richard Dean Buffalow, age 84 of Morrisville, Missouri, passed away August 16th, 2019 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri, while surrounded by his loving family.

Richard Dean Buffalow, age 84 of Morrisville, Missouri, passed away August 16th, 2019 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri, while surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born in 1934 in Olpe, Kansas. His family moved to Lebanon, Missouri, where he attended school and graduated in 1952 from Lebanon High School. He met the love of his life, Ellen Jeanne Munro, and they married on November 26th, 1954. Together, they had five children.

Soon after marriage, Richard enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Bushnell and the USS Reclaimer as an Electricians Mate, First Class.

After his tour with the Navy ended, Richard and his family settled in Camdenton, Missouri where he worked at his father’s company, Buffalow Electric. In 1973, Richard took a job with Gerbes Supermarket as the Refrigeration and Maintenance Supervisor. In 1976, Gerbes was acquired by Kroger, and Richard moved his family to Springfield, Missouri to continue his work with the company as their Project Manager, in charge of building, remodeling and maintaining the Dillon’s branch of stores, until his retirement in 1997.

Richard was a devoted family man with a sense of humor that could make anyone smile. He was gentle and caring with a huge heart. He had a work ethic that was unmatched and was always willing and more than happy to pass on his wealth of knowledge to those that asked for his help. In his free time, he loved spending time working on the house he and his wife were building on their land in Morrisville, MO, camping, traveling, and visiting with his family.

Richard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ellen “Jeannie”, his five children, Larry (Nancy) Buffalow of Rio Rancho, NM, Terry (Amy) Buffalow of Aurora, MO, Jo Lynn (Terry) Hampton of Bolivar, MO, Ron (Marsha Grissom) Buffalow of Morrisville, MO and Yovonne (Scott Kaczorowski) Buffalow of Colorado Springs, CO, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Denzel (Bane) Buffalow, a brother Doyle Buffalow, sisters, Beulah Jones and Evelyn Clark, and a grandson, James Richardson.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Richard touched are invited to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at The Bennett Room, 11798 Highway 64 Lebanon, Missouri 65536 at 11 AM.

Potluck lunch immediately following. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tremain Hospitality House, Bolivar, MO, in Richard’s name.