Michael Edward “Buck” Buchanan, age 66, of Janesville, passed away early Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Our House Senior Living & Memory Care in Whitewater, WI, with his wife by his side. He was born February 27, 1951 in Janesville, the son of the late Edward & Shirley (Fredendall) Buchanan. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy J. Fredricks, on November 18, 1972 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Janesville, where he has been a longtime parishioner. Together they raised 3 children.
He was a graduate of Craig High School, Class of 1969, where he excelled in football. He was a charter member of the Green Beret Marching Band as a sergeant of the color guard.
Mike joined the Janesville Police Dept. in December of 1972, and served the people of Janesville until his retirement in 2003. He was a graduate of Blackhawk Technical College’s law enforcement program. He served as a 3rd shift patrolman until being promoted to School Safety Officer. He was a certified DARE and GREAT instructor. He coordinated many safety programs for area elementary schools. He was actively involved in the Janesville Professional Police Association and served on its Board of Directors.
Mike proudly served his country for over 7 years as a member of the Wisconsin National Guard. He always acknowledged veterans for their service whenever he saw them.
He had a lifelong commitment to the Boy Scouts of America as a youth, and also as an adult member. He was active with both of his sons at the pack and troop levels. He held multiple district and council positions. He participated at Philmont Training Center, the National Jamboree, and the Florida Sea Base. He was a recipient of the Koshkonong District’s Award of Merit, Glacier’s Edge Council’s Silver Beaver Award, and the Indian Trails District’s Lifetime Achievement Award, all for excellence in service to youth. He was a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow. He developed many great friends through scouting.
He shared his love of sports with his children by coaching Cub Scout softball, the Braves Little League team, and the Sapphires, his daughter’s softball team. Many family vacations were enjoyed at Hemlock Haven Resort in Winter, WI, where he would fish off the pier, or quietly sip a cup of coffee while sitting on the cabin’s deck.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Nancy; his 3 children, Eric (Kathy) Buchanan, Bryan Buchanan, and Rebecca (Erik) de Lorimier, all of Janesville; and his 4 beloved grandchildren, Kaden and Karter Buchanan, and Everly and Kai De Lorimier. He is further survived by his remaining siblings, Karen (James) Skaggs, of Blue Springs, MO, and Larry (Darlene) Buchanan, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; his brothers-in-law, Michael (Linda) Fredricks, of Madison, and Dan (Shawn) Fredricks, of Janesville; nieces, nephews, and friends. Besides his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his brothers, Kim Buchanan and Russell Buchanan, his mother-in-law, Patricia Fredricks, and his father-in-law, Gordon “Speed” Fredricks, who held a very special place in his heart.
Funeral services with a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 315 Cherry St., with Fr. Timothy Renz officiating. Burial with full military rites by the V.F.W. Kienow-Hilt Post 1621 will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 9:30 until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at the CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, Mike’s family requests that you honor him with a random act of kindness. They also wish that the community continues to support Rock County’s dementia programs in the effort to provide quality education and support to families ravaged by this disease.
Mike’s family would like to thank Dr. Keith Konkol, Kandu’s memory care day program, and the drivers at the Rock County Transit System who were a part of Mike’s initial journey. They want to extend their sincerest thanks and appreciation to the amazing staff at Our House in Whitewater, and to Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson, WI. You all helped Mike maintain his dignity during his battle with dementia.