Mr. Larry Dean Buchanan, age 75, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on May 31, 1942, at home in Ohio County, Indiana, the son of the late Wilbur Russell “Toots” and Elizabeth Melzena (Bovard) Buchanan. He was raised in Quercus Grove, Indiana and was a 1960 graduate of the Patriot High School. Larry was inducted into the United States Navy on October 25, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving during the Vietnam War. He earned the good conduct medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of AK2 on February 24, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee. Larry was united in marriage on January 22, 1992 in Columbus, Indiana to Brenda Teltoe and to this union arrived a daughter, Emilee, to bless their home. Larry was employed as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Columbus, Indiana, retiring in 1997, after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Columbus Moose Lodge #398. Larry enjoyed coaching softball for many years, golfing and was a Cincinnati Reds fan. Larry passed away at 12:24 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018, at his residence in Columbus, Indiana.
Larry is survived by his daughter, Emilee L. Andrew and her husband, Dylan, of Columbus, IN; his dog, Zoe; his brother-in-law, Kenny Griffin of Vevay, IN; and his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Russell “Toots” Buchanan, died March 21, 1991 and Elizabeth Melzena (Bovard) Buchanan, died November 17, 1993; his brother, Jim R. Buchanan, died December 3, 2000; and his sister, Verlie Griffin, died September 8, 2012.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Hartsville United Methodist Church, 175 Jackson Street, Hartsville, Indiana 47244.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Cards will be available at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home and the Celebration of Life service at the church.