Dr. Robert Lee Buford, 74, died peacefully at home on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating. Burial will follow at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Dr. Buford was born July 8, 1943, in Ft. Lewis, Washington to Dr. Elvin Lee and Betty Buford. His father soon left for the European Theater of World War II, where he was stationed during the first two years of Bob’s life. This fueled a lifelong interest in the war and he was an expert on World War II history.
Bob grew up in Guymon, Oklahoma, a town that allowed him to enjoy the great outdoors and participate in many adventures, each getting more rowdy than the next, according to his mother. He graduated from Guymon High School in 1961 and attended Oklahoma State University, where he graduated early after being accepted into medical school after his junior year of college. He completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1968.
After his graduation from medical school, Dr. Buford was commissioned as a flight officer in the United States Navy. Soon after, he married his wife of nearly 50 years, Beverly Wendorff, in Oklahoma City. The couple moved to Pensacola, Florida, then Corpus Christi, Texas, where Dr. Buford began his career as a naval flight surgeon. He routinely liked to joke in his trademark dry wit that “America was never invaded on his watch” when asked about his military service.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Robert and Beverly returned to Oklahoma City, where he completed his medical training as a Urologist. While in Oklahoma City, the couple had their first three children before moving to Amarillo, Texas in 1976. Their youngest daughter would be their only “true Texan” when she rounded out the family in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Buford, Amarillo; two sons, Greg Buford and John Buford, of Amarillo; two daughters, Leslie Buford, of Oklahoma City, and Laura Buford, MD, of Chicago, Illinois; and a sister, Elizabeth Ward, of Denver, Colorado.
Bob will forever be remembered for his dry wit and one liners, his love of dogs, woodworking, and college sports, especially his beloved Oklahoma State Cowboys, and in his later years, NCAA softball.
The family will receive friends from 3-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers funeral home.