Michael L. Buffington, 68, Grove, Okla., died Thursday evening, December 31, 2009. Mike was born in Fort Scott, the son of Joseph and Vera Leffler Buffington. He grew up in Fort Scott and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1959. He served four years in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1963. He then received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University.
Mike spent his entire working career in the agriculture industry where he worked as a well-respected salesman, agronomist and executive. Mike's job gave him the opportunity to travel to and live in many parts of the world, including but not limited to Overland Park, Phoenix, and Brisbane, Australia. His favorite pastimes included fishing, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mike is survived by his wife; Susan of Grove, Okla., three daughters; Jodi Calvert of Monroe, N.C., Holly Buffington of Charlotte, N.C. and Julie LaCombe of Abilene, Kan., step-daughter; Brenda Walden of Overland Park, step-son; Bruce Roach of Tulsa, Okla., nine grandchildren, a brother; Bill Buffington of Nevada, Mo., and a sister, Jodi Bell of Edmond, Okla.. In addition to siblings, children and grandchildren, Mike is survived by countless friends and loved ones who will remember and miss his hilarious sense of humor, contagious laugh and wonderful cooking.
Following cremation, memorial services for Mike were held at 11 a.m., Monday January 4, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Fort Scott. Interment services for Mike will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1165 Memorial Detail.
Services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan.