Marshall Ralph Buffington
July 3, 1944 - December 22, 2019
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Marshall Ralph Buffington 75, Willard, MO, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019. He was born in St. Louis, MO on July 3, 1944, to Ralph and Elsie (Ferguson) Buffington. He taught Power Mechanics, Metal Working and Drafting for the Willard Public Schools for 33 years. He was a member of the Willard, MO Masonic Lodge…

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Rene Wade left a message on January 17, 2020:
Mr. Buff was such an influence on where I am today. When I was in high school, I knew I wanted to go into architecture so instead of taking Home EC (which is what we girls were expected to do) I took Mr. Buff's drafting classes. I encouraged my friend Susan to join me so I wouldn't be the only girl in his classes. He welcomed us in and even though he gave us a hard time (teasing us a lot) he taught me a lot about drafting which help to solidify my pursuit of architecture. He also gave me a job at the Springfield concessions stands. I went on to Architecture school and practiced architecture for most of my adult life. Then an opportunity came open for me to teach drafting. I never dreamed that at some time in my life I would be teaching drafting to high school and post-secondary students. Every time I would see Mr. Buff out, he would still call me "hot rod"! Hugs and prayers go out to his beautiful daughter & wife, Stacia and Sharon. Rene Wade
Phyllis Plowman Barnes left a message on January 14, 2020:
I’m so sad , I didn’t know of Marshals passing. We grew op together. Our parents played cards and visited often. They lived on the river and we were on the highway. We lost touch after high school. We were very glad to see each other in Eminence though the last decade. Love our memories.
Bob Lilly left a message on December 30, 2019:
I was blessed to start my teaching career with Marshall Buffington. He helped me to learn and grow in the teaching profession. Buff and ran together. He took me deer hunting in Shannon County for the 1st time that I went deer hunting. It was during that hunt that I met his dad, Ralph Buffington, who was quite a guy. That was a wonderful weekend, making good memories that I still hold dear to this day. Buff was a mentor and a good friend. During the summers we would often work construction jobs together. I will always cherish those early years of learning together. I was blessed to see Marshall in April as he was honored on Arbor Day and a tree was planted in his honor in Willard at the Community Center. Sorry for your loss Sharon and Stacia.
Lindell Mendenhall left a message on December 27, 2019:
I grew up with and around Marshall and his Dad, Ralph. Roger Prewet and I used to walk from Black Pond down to where they lived on the river, right above Fish Trap, on the Jacks Fork River. Had not had the pleasure of seeing him since those days back in the late 1960s. Our family always considered Him and his Dad good people and good friends. R.I.P. Marshall and God's speed to you and prayers for your family.
Edward Buffington left a message on December 25, 2019:
I loved you more than you could ever know! The memories we had when I was much younger at the Buffington cemetery for the Family reunions will always be close to my heart! God Bless you soul cousin! I believe that we will all be together again in the end. Give all of them my loveour Lord Jesus Christ waiting for
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Matthew Young left a message on December 25, 2019:
Mr. Buff was one of my favorite teachers. Many skills I use today I learned from Mr. Buff. What an impact he had.
Rock Anderson left a message on December 24, 2019:
I have used everything you taught me every day of my life. You were responsible for my love of tools and working with my hands. Thank you Mr. Buff. BleeWahh!
Kathy Hodge Weaver left a message on December 23, 2019:
Sharon and family, please accept my condolences, I thought so much of Marshall. He and Ralph were good friends of ours. Prayers for comfort and peace. Kathy Hodge Weaver Eminence, Mo
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