Joseph "Uncle Joe" Buchanan

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  • Name: Joseph "Uncle Joe" Buchanan
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota (family homestead two miles north on Highway 38)
  • Date of Birth: August 12, 1922
  • Date of Death: March 30, 2005 (82 years old)
  • Parents: Clarence Buchanan and Mille (Tanberg) Buchanan
  • High School and Class: Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Joseph entered West Point Academy, was a radio operator flying over Europe in World War II, and finished his last tour of duty stationed in Formosa (now Taiwan).

    He was an air traffic controller at Dulles and O'Hare airports, finishing his career at the airport in Hibbing, Minnesota.

    During his retirement years, Joe was an avid gardener at his Deer Lake home and many people stopped to enjoy his beautiful flower gardens.

    Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Ethel Longrie and Mary Ellen; and one brother, Bob. He is survived by a sister, Holly Kannas; an aunt, Laddie Pearson; nephews, Jere Longrie, Bruce Longrie, Jeff Longrie, Ronald Kannas, Larry Buchanan, and Robert Buchanan; nieces, Diana Longrie, Holley Buchanan, and Mary Buchanan; and special friends, Randy and Nancy Curtis.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-E-09-1-3)

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