Marvin Wayne Buzzard
Funeral services for Marvin Wayne Buzzard, 67, Lecompton will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Inurnment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Marvin was born March 16, 1947 in Madera, CA the son of Franklin Fallin and Mary Rachel Grandstaff Buzzard. His journey home was August 12, 2014.
He married JoMarie Enderlin on June 14, 1974 in Vermillion, SD. She preceded him in death December 29, 2006. Their daughter Rachael Marie came to them in September, 1976.
He was an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and an affiliate member of the Haskell Veterans Club.
Marvin’s school career began in Seaside and Monterey, CA, he finished his last two years of high school in Jay, OK. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern State University in Tahlequah, OK and continued his education at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, SD receiving his Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in School Administration.
Marv had a variety of jobs during his high school and college days. After college graduation, he worked for the Department of Labor in Park Rapids, MN. He began working as a school administrator at Pinepoint on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota. He later moved to Nebraska and was Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for several years. He re-entered school administration and became superintendent at schools in Santee and also Winnebago, NE. In 1987 the family moved to Lawrence and finished his career in school administration at Haskell Indian Nations University. For 35 years his goal was to help with education in Indian Country.
Marv enjoyed being with his granddaughters, Mia, Hannah, and Summer Sky. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, NFL especially KC Chiefs, college football and basketball and has a wide collection of sports memorabilia. He enjoyed being outside and keeping his yard in tip-top condition.
Marv is survived by his daughter, Rachael, son-in-law, Tony and three granddaughters, Mia Hannah, and Summer Sky; Jay and Stephanie Crawford, Lawrence, Rose Lee, White Swan, WA (these children were his nieces and nephew; however they were closely mentored by Marv), his sister, Inez of Lawrence, his brother, David of Claremore, OK, two sisters-in-law, Mona of Eucha, OK and AnnaMae of Stilwell, OK, a very special sister, Barbara Cunningham of Anadarko, OK, a host of nephews and nieces, cousins, and a host of friends.
Marv was preceded in death by his wife, JoMarie, his parents, Frank and Mary, two brothers, Leon and Daniel, one brother-in-law, Edward, and two sisters-in-law, Betty and Jeanette.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Haskell Foundation, 155 Indian Avenue, Box #5030, Lawrence, KS 66046 or may be sent in care of the mortuary.