Phillip Leroy Buffington passed away, peacefully, October 1, 2016.
Never afraid of being early, Phillip Leroy entered this world through a Russel, MT farmhouse on February 24, 1936; he simply couldn’t wait for the hospital at Fort Benton.
Raised on the family farm and in Chester, Phill was a “Montana Boy” through and through. He graduated Chester High School in 1954 – always a proud Coyote – and played on the varsity basketball team. Phill attended the University of Montana, joined Sigma Nu fraternity, and earned his Bachelor of Arts.
Upon graduation, Phill entered the Army and completed his service at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Phill worked for Boeing (the 757 was just one of his birds), braved the frozen tundra building the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, and even raised organic hydroponic tomatoes.
Phill was an audiophile, lover of classic literature, expert Montanan historian, fair-weather cyclist, Ford (F-100/150) enthusiast, Airstream aficionado, solid supporter of his children’s educations, and lover of dogs & cats. Indeed, few men would walk a cat on a leash. Humility be damned.
An admirer of the Lewis and Clark expeditions, Phill found the modern equivalent on the open road. He drove most of North America in his lifetime, including solo expeditions of the Baja Peninsula and the Alaska Highway.
Blessed with a large family, Phill is survived by his children (w/Mardell Rae, nee Hodges) Phillip Quincy Buffington (Seattle, WA), Lynnette Rae Buffington (Tacoma, WA), brothers Donald Buffington (Conrad, MT) and Norman Buffington (Sparks, NV) as well as endless beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews scattered throughout the country. Phill is also survived by his wife, Anke Buffington (Tucson, AZ) and her son and daughter-in-law Gary and Karen Lane (Maple Valley, WA)
He will be missed by all.
The Buffington Family would like to thank the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and, in particular, the Arizona Fisher House for their professionalism, care, and kindness.
Memorial donations can be made to Fisher House Foundation 111 Rockville Pike #420 Rockville, MD 20850.
Memorial services for Phill will be in Chester, MT in late spring 2017.Posted: by OverlieP