Kenneth R. “Kenny” Buxton
A Celebration of Life for lifelong Lamar resident Kenneth R. “Kenny” Buxton was held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Lamar Christian Church with Ian Blacker officiating. Interment followed at the Fairmount Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Peacock Family Chapel.
Kenneth Richard Buxton was born at Sacred Heart Hospital in Lamar, Colorado on April 23, 1945 to Jack and Frances “Topsy” Buxton. He was welcomed home by two older brothers, Thomas B. “Tom” and William R. “Bill”. The family home was in May Valley, where Kenny grew up on the farm.Being the youngest of three boys, he was rough and tumble, full of fun and always active. If there wasn’t something to do, the boys created something… notnecessarily good. Kenny found out at an early age that his blue eyes, curly hair and smile could help get him outof most of the trouble in which he found himself. He had many happy years in the country, playing with his brothers and cousins, and learning to work on the farm. Sunday School was at the Clover Meadow Church of God. News traveled fast, and if he didn’t know his Sunday School verses or caused trouble, Mom, Grandma Turpin, or Aunt Eva Heath was there to “help”, sometimes the hard way.He also spent lots of time at the May Valley Store. There was nothing better than drinking a bottle of pop and having a candy bar or a bag of peanuts and visiting with friends and neighbors. There was also the bunk house. The boys did not sleep in the main house, but had a bedroom in the bunk house, across the driveway. Mom was a sound sleeper, and Dad had a bit of hearing loss, allowing for lots of high jinks in the bunk house. Many a night car lights were off, motors silent, and cars quietly coasted in, with the driver arriving home a little later than he was supposed to.Topsy never knew in the mornings how many hungry boys were going to be at the table, as the bunk house was almost like a hotel. Some stayed a night or so, some stayed longer, but all were welcome. Kenny graduated from the eighth grade at Clover Meadow School and along with his friends, went to town to attend Lamar High School. He lettered in wrestling, but academics were only something he had to do when there was no fun to be had. After graduation in 1963, he went to State Barber College in Denver. He learned his craft well, returning to Lamar; where he cut hair at Service Barber Shop. He also attended classes at Lamar Junior College. He married Mikki Bosley, and they had one son, Brett Richard. Kenny bought the barber shop, running it for several years. After he and Mikki divorced, he married Cathy Wallace. He adopted Tiffany and Christopher, her two children, and they became part of the Buxton clan. Kenny sold the barber shop and began, with Cathy, his years at Wallace Gas & Oil, Inc. He helped build the business into what it is today, working long hours doing whatever needed to be done. Nobody could ever accuse Kenny of being lazy, and many employees at the station have heard “Put that pop down. You can’t do any work with a pop in your hand.” Kenny and Cathy eventually divorced but remained strong business partners and friends. During these years of delivering fuel around the countryside, Kenny was able to scrounge enough parts from chicken houses, junk piles and windbreaks to be able to build his Model A. He was so proud of it when it was finished.It’s apple green wheels really set it off. After the retirement of his parents, he and his brothers took over the family farm, incorporating it as the Three Bizee B’s, Inc. They made improvements, bought more land. He spent many happy hours building this enterprise. It was another place to play, as far as Kenny was concerned. He was thrilled at the marriages of his children, and even more thrilled when he became Poppa Kenny. He could be spotted at ball games, birthday parties and just stopping by to say hi and see what the kids were doing.His life took another turn, and he met Marla Hindes. They enjoyed many happy hours together. Marla was his companion until his death, She spent many hours caring for him, waiting in waiting rooms and sleeping in hospital chairs so that she could be with him if he needed her.He had limitless energy, playing as hard as he worked. He considered mowing the lawn, helping a friend roof a house, pouring cement or working cattle as play. He was never one to turn down someone in need. Always having someone to help and something to do was the way he lived his life. He leaves this world a better place than he found it. Kenny loved the water. He completed Red Cross swimming as a child He was an excellent water skier as a young man, and became a certified SCUBA diverHe made several dives in Mexico andJamaica. The last several years found him in the battle of his life, which eventually claimed him. But, it was not until after the fight. He spent many hours in hospitals, rehab, home, and in doctor’s offices. He refused to give up. Friends who stopped by to visit or called him, often found that he had lifted them and cheered them up, as well as
being cheered himself. He was at death’s door many times during this period, spit in the devil’s eye, got better and came home.
Kenny passed away on February 5, 2010 at University Hospital in Denver, Colorado at the age of 64.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Lorretta "Blondie" Buxton.Kenny is survived by Marla Hindes of the family home in Lamar, children; Brett (Tracy) Buxton, Tiffany Buxton, and Chris (Jamie) Buxton all of Lamar, grandchildren; Sierra, Bryton, Madison, Blake and Cael, brothers; Tom (Dorothy) Buxton and Bill Buxton all of Lamar. He is also survived by Cathy Buxton of Lamar as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Southeast Colorado Cancer Initiative direct or in care of the funeral home office.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Peacock Family.
|Message for Kenny Buxton -|
If you grew up in Lamar and had the privilege of knowing Kenny from the time we were kids like I did, then you know what a great guy and good friend he was to all who knew him. They don't make many like him.
|Dad (Kenny Buxton)|
I miss u so much! We have been really busy this summer! Sierra made 12U All-Stars, so we are headed to Paonia Co next Wednesday! Wish u were her to see her! We miss you so much...wish I could talk to you! I love you very much...until we see each other again, I hold you close to my heart!
Your daughter, Tiffany
|Dad (Kenny Buxton)|
First Memorial Day tomorrow....think about you everyday and miss your laugh and smile! I wish you were here still to see Sierra and your other grandkids growing! Life is not fair sometimes! I just can't believe you are gone...no one ever thought you would leave so soon! I pray every night for comfort in knowing that you are at peace...but you have left such a void! I love and miss you terribly!!
Your daughter Tiffany
|Happy 65th Birthday Dad.............We love and miss you so much! Still seems like yesterday that you left us! Not a day has gone by when I haven't thought of you! Your headstone may be done today :)|
Love you Dad,
First Easter without you was hard...I know you loved Easter! Tomorrow I will be 40...wish you were here to celebrate with us! I love and miss you terribly!
Your daughter~ Tiffany
You are already in the archives...so many people you and all of us have known have passed! Life can change in an instant! I miss you everyday and wish I could still hear your voice! I love you!
Always your daughter~
My sympathy to all.
|It's been one week since you went to heaven and it hasn't gotten any easier. I am feeling selfish, but I know you are at peace and you were ready to go. I hold with me what you told me before you went! I love you and I miss you!|
Your daughter, Tiffany
|To the family of Kenny Buxton:|
Tiffany, Marla and family I was so saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. He was such a sweetheart I loved taking care of him when he came to pmc for some tlc!!!!! I will always remember his smile, so sorry for your loss, but just know that he is no longer suffering okay. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. God Bless, Michele Hicks
Marla and Buxton children and grandchildren; Kenny was one of a kind,a very special person and a lifelong friend. Although we will miss him, we are
glad he is no longer suffering. May your happy memories of Kenny console you. God bless you.
Sincerely, Susan and Keith Perkins
|To Marla and Buxton families: Kenny was a wonderful person and I am sure you will have so many wonderful memories. I will alway remember his sense of humor and his laughter. May God Bless all of you and may Kenny rest in peace.|
Helmut & Toni Krause
I will miss Kenny alot; he was such a hoot! May God bless each person who knew him and loved him as we grieve together.
|for Kenny Buxton - So sorry for your loss - thinking about you at this time........The Jay Pothour Family|
|For Kenny Buxton|
To the Buxton family I want to express my deepest sympathy. May God grant you the peace and comfort that only He can give at this time. The thoughts and prayers of the Simmons family are with you.
God bless you all, Scott Simmons (Colorado Division of Oil & Public Safety)
for Kenny Buxton.....My thought and prayers are with the whole family. Kenny meant alot to many people. He touched the life of anyone he came in contact with. He treated all of us as one of his own when we were kids. We will always love you Kenny.......
from Ken McBee
I'm sure glad that I had the pleasure of knowing Kenny in my life. He was always laughing and liked to make others laugh with him. I know you guys will have a million fond memories of Kenny and these memories will help ease the pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
For Kenny Buxtion
Brett, Tiffany and Chris we are so sorry for your loss. Troy and I cared deeply for Kenny. He was a good man. In fact if Kenny hadn't of given Troy a job when he did, Troy and I probably wouldn't be married and there wouldn't be an Austin. Troy was going to go back to Walsh if he didn't get that job. I thank Kenny for that. The one thing to remember is he is at peace now and no more pain. God be with you all and your families. He will be missed by many.
Troy, Jennifer and Austin Piper
|To The Family of Kenny: We are so sorry to hear about Kenny, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kenny was always a pleasure to take care of. Sincerly, Tessa & Tony Navarrette|
|Kenny Buxton Family & Friends,|
I was so glad I stopped by for a visit and a drink last spring to see Kenny, cheerful as always and still a great host. He had flooded the yard that day while my cousin and I were there. I'll remember that time though I'm now 1300 miles away. I guess I've known Kenny all of his life.
|FOR KENNY BUXTON....KENNY WAAS ONE OF A KIND, HE LOVED LIFE AND ALWAYS HAD A GRIN ON HIS FACE...NEVER A DULL MONENT AROUND KENNY...|
KENNY, WAS IN MY CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL, SO WEALWAYS HAD A DAILY DOSE OF KENNY HAVING FUN...
LATER ON, WHEN HE USED TO CUT MY HAIR, IT WOULD TAKE AN HOUR, BECAUSE WE WERE SMOKING AND JOKING...EVERYBODY HUNG OUT THERE...
MOST OF THE TIME YOU WALKED OUT IN TEARS...
KENNY HAS GONE THROUGH MORE TRYING TIMES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THAN ANY PERSON SHOULD EVER HAVE TO ENDURE.
KENNY IS THE TOUGHEST LITTLE GUY I'VE EVER KNOWN...I'LL SURE MISS THAT "KENNY BUXTON LAUGH"...
MAY HE REST IN PEACE!
For Kenny Buxton...We are so sorry to hear about Kenny. He always had a way of making everyone he was around smile. Hard to believe we won't see that onery grin anymore. He fought a tough battle and we hope he is at peace now. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Denise, Darren & Lisa Carder
|For Kenny Buxton He was truley one of a kind a hell of a guy and will be missed by all was a pleasure to know him and work for him from Rob Brown |
I am so sorry for your loss!! I wish there was something I could say to take the hurt away but there is not. I was loved to see Kenny everytime he came into PMC. I knew he was going go make me smile. If I was having a bad day he always put a smile on my face. I will miss his smile on his face. God bless you Marla. He was very lucky to have such a careing person take care of him!!!
I will miss you Kenny!!
for Kenny Buxton We knew Kenny for many years,he worked for us when he was just a kid.Always had a smile on his face and was an excellent worker.We know he is at peace now with our Heavenly Father.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Johnnie and Marilyn Weber
|Marla and the Buxton Family...You're in our thoughts and prayers. We're all going to miss him......Joe and Dixie Choat|
|To the Buxton Family: |
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Kenny. He was one of the best
people in our neighborhood. We will never forget when our youngest had a
bike wreck by Kennys house near the canal. We wasnt aware anything happened and here comes Kenny carrying Justin up the street, blood and all. He will be missed in the neighborhood. God Bless you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kevin, Sonya, Jonothan and Justin Ortiz
Kenny was a wonderful person with so much joy and passion for life. He will be greatly missed by the entire community. Kenny was always kind, smiling, and interested in whoever he was talking to at the time. We are thankful for his friendship and the impact he made in our lives. Many prayers were said for him over the last few years, and now we will continue to pray for all of his family as you face life without him. He loved you all so much.
Brady and Talara Coen
|Kenny was one of my most favorite people. I loved talking to him. I'm sad that he is gone but glad that he doesn't have to suffer anymore. I'm sorry that he was so sick for so long. It makes no sense why that happens to people. I will miss seeing him and laughing with him. I'm praying for you all that God will carry you through the pain you're feeling. |
Naomi, Morgan and Gage Payne
For Kenny Buxton...We are so sorry. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. May God bless you all at this hard time.....
Bonnie and John Kemp
|for Kenny Buxton.....I want to be there so bad but circumstances wont let me. Throughout the last 60 years we have had many fun and great experiences together that I will cherish forever.Whenever my youngest son, Trey, was killed. Kenny Buxton was the one that was right there with me.I am so glad that I got to see you in October. Even though you could barely talk,we had a great visit. I could never have asked for a better first cousin. I will miss you dearly but I know you will keep them entertained up there in heaven. Rest in peace--You have earned it....|
From your cousin---Gregg McHenry
|Our hearts are breaking for the sadness of the family and for Kenny's last years of suffering. Yet we will smile forever at how he touched our lives. Much Love, Tom and Holly Marcum|
My thoughts and prayers are with you Tiffany.
for Kenny Buxton- Uncle Kenny was always the fun loving Uncle that we never knew what to expect was next. His fun loving nature was always the life of the party. Thank you for touching so many lives and for being our Uncle. We will miss you.
Lots of Love-Greg and Wendy Andrade and the boys.
|To the Family of Kenny Buxton,|
Kenny was such a special person, always there with a smile,laughter, and friendship. He was always the first person my husband, Don, would call whenever we were in Lamar and he always made us feel like we belonged, even though we hadn't lived in Lamar for so very long. I know that he will be missed not only by his family but also by those who were his friends. A wonderful bright light has gone out of the world. I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to each member of his family. You are all in my prayers.
Kenny was such a joy! So sad. So sorry.
Kenny Buxton : I have considered Kenny, and the entire Buxton family part of my family. Unconditional love and laughter have been shared over the years, we will always have awesome memories. Love you and God Bless you with peace and comfort. I can only imagine....what it will be like...when I walk by your side....surrounded by your glory...what will my heart feel?....will I dance for you Jesus?...or in awe of you be still?...will I stand in your presence?.....or to my knees will I fall?....will I sing hallelujah will I be able to speak at all?......I can only imagine !!!!!
|Family of Kenny Buxton: |
I've know the Buxton family all my life as we all lived in the Clover Meadow community and Kenny's parents, Jack & Topsy, bought our farm when we moved into Lamar. Kenny was barber to my 3 boys and all remember him fondly. It's true,he always had a smile. The last time I saw him was a while ago in Safeway and although he was frail, he was still smling and had a hug for me. You all know that he's now in God's care, reunited with his parents, while smiling down on all of us. My family sends you all the deepest sympathy for your loss and may the Lord bless you with his comforting hand.
Joyce (Jenkins) Surprise & sons, Tyce, Rock & Chad.
For Kenny Buxton Kenny was the friendliest person I ever met in Lamar. From the first time I met him 18 years ago he was always smiling and good for a laugh. We will miss him.
Gene & Shirley Ray
for Brett Buxton and Family...I am so sorry. Yes, he's no longer suffering, but what the mind understands intellectually, the heart doesn't always accept. Your dad was unique, and I have fond memories of him and his sense of humor. He and I conspired one day on a special haircut for Dirk, which my parents did not appreciate, but Kenny and I thought it was hilarious. Thinking of you and praying the Lord's comfort.
Love, Gwen Bosley
|for Kenny Buxton|
We are very sorry to learn of Kenny's passing an extend to you our sincere and deepest sympathy.
May all the warm thoughts and prayers that are coming your way console you and help see you through. And may it bring you comfort to know you have friends and family who care about you very much.
The Hainer Family -- George, Melanie, Tyler, and Jerica
|For Kenny Buxton:|
Kenny was one of our favorite patients at the lab. Kenny always had something to say even if he didn't feel good. We will miss him very much!
Danyelle and Krista -PMC-LAB
|for Kenny Buxton|
I am praying the Lord's faithful presence is especially real to you all today as He brings you the comfort that only He can give you in times like this. I am in Denver at Dana's and will miss the service, but will be with you in spirit and in prayer. Kenny was very special to Red, and I am sure they will be telling stories to each other in Heaven.
from Nelva Heath
|For the Buxton Family: God saw him getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around him and whispered "come with me". With tearful eyes you watched him pass away. Although you loved him dearly, you could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke your hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best!!! |
Kenny was a strong man and held on as long as he could. He put up a good fight!! He is now at peace and no longer in pain!! Now we all know he is looking down thinking "don't cry for me." But only to make the best of the situation!! He was always smiling no matter how sick he was. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!!
Tiffany, Gil, and Hunter Villarreal (Crabtree)
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, because I know how important Kenny was to each and every one of you. He was especially easy to talk to and his knowledge of the fuel industry was immense. I'm simply a much better person for having met and known him for a breif short time. Most importantly, I hope it's comforting for each of you to know that he's without pain and is in a much better place. A place that he's very deserving to be! May God provide comfort to each of you during this most difficult time.
|For Kenny Buxton Family My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this very difficult time. The first time I met Kenny he and Jack Roth was cutting hair on Main Street and I was working at the Corner Pharmacy. He kept us all laughing with his never ending joking then and my guess would be that he is up in Heaven entertaining everybody now. The thing I remember most was when he would call Palmer Oil and would always ask "is he there", you knew it was Kenny calling and who he was calling for. Always a smile and a word for everybody.|
Kathy Liles (Palmer Oil)
A long time friend You always felt happiness when Kenny was around He had a wonderful sense of humor and the world is a lesser place without his smiling face!!
Greg and Darla Ronning
I am deeply sadden at the loss of Kenny and realize how difficult it is for all of you.I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. He was one of a kind, always laughing and had that quick smile and sense of humor. My fondest memories are gigging carp at Lake Thurston on Sunday afternoons, being last at the Clover Meadow spelling bees and hunting coyotes and jackrabbits with our 22's. We will all miss him as a dear and special friend. May God Bless the Buxton family during their time of grief.
Brett, Tracy and Family
Your Dad was such a nice and friendly man his smile would make anyones day.He will be missed by the community and the friends that he made over the years.
Arnold and Norma
|For Kenneth R. “Kenny” Buxton: Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. From Coy and Rita Gergen.|
It was my pleasure knowing Kenny. He was my barber many years ago. The one thing I liked most about him, was his friendship, orneriness, and beautiful smile through the years. I was impressed with the support he had from his children, wife and x-wife each time he came to ER, they were right by his side. Yes, Lamar has lost a great man. I am reaching my hand out to you Marla, Brett, Tiffany, Chris, and Cathy, in understanding sympathy.
JUST GOT THE WORD AND MY THOUGHTS AND BLESSINGS ARE WITH YOU ALL IN THE KENNY BUXTON FAMILY. KENNY WAS A FRIEND OF MINE AND I ALWAYS ENJOYED BEING AROUND HIM. HE WILL BE SURELY MISSED. HE GAVE IT A GOOD FIGHT. LOVE TO ALL OF YOU.
CAROLYN FREY, PUEBLO, COLORADO
|We are so sorry for your loss. We know Kenny fought a very hard battle. Sincerely, Skip and Candy Ruedeman, our thoughts are with all of you.|
|Kenny always had a way of making me smile....no matter how he felt. |
He will be missed by many. I am happy that his suffering is over and he is now at peace.
You're all in my thoughts and prayers
LaRoyce & Oscar
I miss you so much! I am so glad you are not sufferning anymore, but it doesn't help the emptiness in my life and heart now. I love you... Tiffany
|condolence for Kenny Buxton....Kenny will be sadly missed. We are so sorry for your loss. Kenny always had a smile on his face and could make me laugh no matter how bad he felt. It was always a pleasure to care for him. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you!|
Curtis, Toni, Koby and Tater Rohr