September 4, 2008


Donald Lee Buford, 77, of Fairfield, IA, died at his home Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

He was born at Downing, MO, the son of Roy Russell Buford and Margaret Kathleen (Blessing) Buford, on March 2, 1931.

He married Doris Mae Martin and to this union four children were born: Deborah Lynn, Margaret Kathleen, Donald Lee II, and Terry Gene.

He later married Martha Lucille Peterson and had a son, Michael Ray.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Lucille.

He is survived by his children, Debbie Douglas and Kathy Becraft of Memphis, MO, Don and wife, Twyla of Columbia, MO, Terry and wife, Marlene of Fairfield, IA, and Mike of Fairfield, IA; eight grandchildren, Donovan Douglas and wife, Vicki of Muscatine, IA, Shawn Douglas and wife, Phoebe, Lindsay Becraft and Beau and Becraft, all of Memphis, MO, Jennifer Buford of Kansas City, MO, Melissa Cooper and husband, Russ of Lockridge, IA, Clint Buford and Megan Buford of Fairfield, IA; two great-grandchildren, Josh and Jonah Cooper of Lockridge, IA; two sisters, Juanita Cox of Fort Worth, TX, and Roberta Small of Memphis, MO; two brothers, Charles Buford and Danny Buford of Downing, MO; one sister-in-law, Mary Belle (Clark) Simpson and two brothers-in-law, Mounty Mathes and Bill Camp, all of Memphis, MO; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dons mother died when he was a small child and he was raised by his maternal grandmother, Gertrude Blessing. He attended school in Memphis. He loved car races and won several trophies in the 50s when he raced the familys 57 Chevy at the local Memphis racetrack. He could also occasionally be found racing his car on the local highways and back roads.

In the late 20s he moved to Fairfield, IA and worked for many years at Louden Crane & Monorail. He retired from Metromail in Mt. Pleasant, IA. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening and watching boxing and car races on TV.

Cremation has been accorded. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 5, 2008 at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield, IA. Memorials to Hospice of Central Iowa may be brought to the service or mailed to the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, IA.



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