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Robert L. Buchanan

March 22, 1933 — January 30, 2024

Robert L. Buchanan

March 22, 1933 — January 30, 2024

Robert L. Buchanan, 90, born on March 22, 1933, in Los Angeles, CA, United States, passed away January 30, 2024. He resided in Cypress, CA at the time of his passing. He was an Air Force Vet beginning his service on January 26, 1953 with an honorable discharge on January 25, 1957 when he was transferred to the Reserves until he completed his obligation on January 25, 1961. While in the AF, he was stationed in Tennessee where he met his future wife. While in the service he received the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. During his long successful career, he worked at McDonnell Douglas in Huntington Beach CA and was an integral contributor to the Apollo, Delta, and Space Station programs as well as the Stage II Saturn V Rocket. It was a statement made by President Kennedy when he said "we're going to the moon" that set the trajectory for the career that Robert entered and remained in until he retired.

Robert is survived by his wife Loretta of 67 years and his six children - Teresa Cathcart (Ron), Karen Espinoza (Fred), Robert Buchanan Jr (Shannon), James Buchanan (Patricia), Jeffery Buchanan, Kevin Buchanan, as well as 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-granddaughters. 

Arrangements are under the care of Forest Lawn, Cypress, CA where services will be held followed by burial at Riverside National Cemetery with Military honors.

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Funeral Service of Robert Buchanan

Thursday, February 29, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Pacific time)

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4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

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Graveside Service of Robert Buchanan

Friday, March 1, 2024

12:15 - 12:45 pm (Pacific time)

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