Robert J. Buchan, age 92, of Phoenix, Ore., passed away on July 12, 2011. He was born October, 27, 1918, in East Liverpool, Ohio, to Edna and James Buchan.
Following high school graduation in Winnetka, Ill., Robert earned a degree in business administration from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., with later graduate business studies at New York University.
He served 4.5 years in the Army during World War II, including 28 months in the Aleutian Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a first lieutenant.
On July 14, 1957, while working with U.S. Rubber Co., in Mishawaka, Ind., Robert married Martha Kroblock. They enjoyed 48 years together, until Martha's death in June of 2005.
In 1960, Robert and Martha moved from Indiana to San Diego, Calif., where he worked for General Dynamics on the Atlas Missile Program. Later, they moved to Seattle, Wash., where he was with Boeing Commercial Airplane division engineering.
After retiring from Boeing, Robert and Martha moved to Phoenix, Ore., in the Rogue Valley, an area they had visited on social trips and enjoyed.
Robert was a member of the Elks in California, and of the Rogue Monarch Lions Club in Medford, Ore. He was also active in his Medford church.
He enjoyed golf, RV camping, and extensive traveling with his wife.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, July 29, 2011, 3:30 p.m., at the Medford First United Methodist Church.
Rememberances and memorial donations may be sent to the Memorial Fund, Medford First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, OR 97501.