Edward C. "Calvin" Buchner was born November 18, 1929, in Pierce City, Missouri, to William J. and Bernice Buchner. He was the oldest of two children, having a younger sister, Nancy. Ed passed away September 2, 2008, after a short, valiant fight with cancer.
Ed spent his youth in Pierce City attending public schools there and graduating high school in 1947. He received a bachelors degree from Missouri State and then a Masters degree from the University of Arkansas. He also participated in postgraduate studies at Columbia University in New York City and the University of Iowa.
Ed married his high school sweetheart and lifetime companion, Ruth Etta Murray, at the Congregational Church in Pierce City on August 20, 1950. They are members of the United Church of Christ.
During the Korean War Ed entered the Army as an enlisted man. He was selected to go to O.C.S. and served with the First Armored Division until 1953 and later with the Army Reserve in Iowa.
Ed's career was as a school business administrator. In that capacity he served school districts in St. Lois County, Ft. Madison, Iowa; Algonquin, Chicago Heights, and Burbank, Illinois. After an early retirement in 1990 he was in demand as an interim school administrator. Ed dealt with difficult issues often involving contractors and government agencies. Ed particularly enjoyed bringing his experience to these situations.
In 1977 and 1978 Ed served as president of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. He was also active in the National Association of School Business Officials.
Ed and Ruth moved to the Table Rock Lake area in Eagle Rock, Missouri, in 1995. Ed was an avid outdoor sportsman and joined the White River Valley Sports Association becoming an avid competitor in bench rest shooting. He also enjoyed hunting, boating and spending time with his grandchildren.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Nancy. Ed is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their son, William Arthur and his wife, Kendra, of Steamboat, Oregon, and daughter, Rebecca Steiner and her husband, Bob, of Winfield, Kansas.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Edward L., his wife, Cari, and their new son, William Paul (Ed and Ruth's first great-grandson) of Albany, Oregon, and Miranda Buchner, of roseburg, Oregon.
Other survivors are grandchildren, Zachary, Aly and Abby Steiner, of Winfield, Kansas, many nieces and nephews, and many friends.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2008, at the All Faith United Methodist Church in Eagle Rock. Graveside services were held in Pierce City at 3 p.m. with full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, contribution can be made to the Roaring River Parks Alliance in care of Lakin Funeral Home in Pierce City.