Marvin Buchanan


MENDOTA - Marvin “Marv” Buchanan, 65, of Mendota passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at the Merritt Funeral Home in Mendota with Chaplain Kent Terry officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 25 at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Marv was born June 3, 1956 in Mendota to Herbert and Shelby (Ellis) Buchanan. He married Connie Spriet in Mendota on Aug. 14, 1993.

Survivors include his wife of Mendota; his daughter, Jen Buchanan of Aurora, Ohio; his step daughter, Jamie Danley of Mendota; two brothers, Herb (Sue) Buchanan and Scott (Tami), both of Mendota; and eight grandchildren, Anthony Buchanan, Lexi Price, Ashton Price, Adriana Buchanan, Kayden Danley, Abel Buchanan, Kaylynn and Dylan Reed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Tyler on March 10, 2018.

Marv attended grade school in Mendota and was in the class of 1975 at Mendota High School. He graduated from Lincoln Barber College and maintained an active barber license. He worked at Consolidated Freight before spending the next 30 years at H&H Builders in Mendota, until his early retirement in 2009. Marv always said he had “won the lottery” when he married Connie. They spent 28 years happily married and remained the best of friends. Marv loved to cook and took great pride in preparing his family’s favorites. He was happiest doing anything with, or for, his family and never missed an opportunity to tell them how much he loved them and how proud he was to have them in his life.

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