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Dr. Robert Lee Buford

Dr. Robert Lee Buford

Dr. Robert Lee Buford

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.

19 Comments

  • James R. Davis Posted June 15, 2018 3:15 pm

    Our prayers are with you at this time

  • Stephanie Orcutt Posted June 15, 2018 3:50 pm

    Dr. Buford was a great man, doctor, and surgeon. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Many stories, many memories. Met him in 1979, worked with him from then until 2004. Remained friends for life. He will be missed by all the Orcutt family.

  • Karen McCartney Aragon Posted June 15, 2018 8:27 pm

    I’m so going to miss this guy. My Dr from my 16th birthday until he retired and a Dr I worked with from 1983 until 2014. We remained friends forever. He was such a great friend, and doctor. Miss you Dr B. ❤️

  • MaryK Harbour and Family Posted June 15, 2018 9:08 pm

    What a Great Dr Buford was He saved my Life in 1987 in the old ST Anthony Hospital Mess from Borger texas . What a DR he was . and I Love his nurse so caring
    . When saw him next time find out we farmed . And Ranch and telling of his love of Coloraolo he raised sheep love the stories . And hunting storys His wife was so sweet and got know her her working at his Office . God got a Special Angel in Heaven . What a Great DR He was and his office was full . and he took the time see you . He ask about cows and Calves and the Kids . We will dearly Miss him and so sad when he retired . He love everyone . Praying for Family And a Special Daddy you all had he loved you all so much . He be Miss a lot Praying for you all God be with you all each day

  • Vernon Gotcher Posted June 15, 2018 11:01 pm

    Bob was a dear friend in high school. Our prayers are with his wife and family.

  • Jackie R. Green Sheldon Posted June 16, 2018 12:42 am

    I remember Dr. Buford being my daddy’s, Jack Green from Dumas doctor in his early years of practice in Amarillo. He was so caring and interested in his patients. I have been a widow for 16 years last week. I will not tell you it is easy but I will tell you to hold tightly to our God’s unchanging hands. Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent.

  • Jack Clifford Posted June 16, 2018 5:23 am

    Hey Dr. Bob – Thanks for making this a better world in which to hang out and for helping me become a better person. So proud we were able to create so many great memories together. Some of which we may want to keep private. 🙂 If you run into that Couch fellow on your journey I hope you guys take some selfies for us folks back here. Red Solo Cups are an option. So my good and valued friend – journey well and know you are loved beyond measure. Grace, Peace and Love

  • Jo Bryan Posted June 16, 2018 10:11 am

    Don’t have a current address to send a card. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Beverly, I know you will miss him a lot, He was a smart and talented man. Johnny, thinking especially of you, too. Mark always thought so much of you. Blessings to all of you.

  • Greg and Liz Matos Posted June 16, 2018 10:15 am

    Bob was a great friend and I worked with him for many years in surgery. He was a man of few words but I always knew what he meant. And he loved to tell stories and make us all laugh. Go rest high on that mountain!
    Greg

  • JOHN Posted June 16, 2018 4:59 pm

    Thank you Jo. I’ll always think the world of Mark, such a great guy. Mom picks the mail up at 4201. Thanks

  • Carrie Posted June 16, 2018 6:34 pm

    How do you describe Bob Burford? He is the realist person that I know of course he was an excellent surgeon but the way he talked to patients was an art he talked their language. He didnt need medical mumble jumble everyone knew he was intelligent he used metaphor that sometimes made us giggle to describe symptoms. (Have to keep it PG). His humor was the best if you just waited long enough for the slow talking okie to finish. Seriously now my condolences to Beverly and family. Beverly you are quite an inspiration in the way you devoted yourself to Bobs illness and we know how good of a patient he can be! I cherish my frienship with him and was blessed our paths crossed in life. I will miss our college football game watching via phone calls. Love you Bob. Till we meet again!

  • Molly Turner Posted June 16, 2018 8:30 pm

    Phillip passed away 5 years ago, but he thought Dr. Buford was the only doctor there was. He was not only a doctor but also a good friend to his patients. Blessing to all the family. He was a Great Guy!

  • Marilyn Ralstin Posted June 16, 2018 9:11 pm

    Beverly, I have so many fond memories of seeing you and Bob at many Guymon High School class reunions. He was a great buddy to Max. I know you will miss him. Just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and your family.

  • Laurie Doerfler Keick Posted June 18, 2018 3:24 pm

    Dr Buford was always smiling. He came to VA to help out .He was so good with the VETs. I will truly miss him.

  • Michael McMurry Posted June 18, 2018 3:37 pm

    Wow! What a guy. We have remained friends for almost 70 years. While our paths have crossed infrequently over the past years, it was with instantaneous recall and always immediate humor as if 20 days , not 20 years , had passed when we did touch base. Bob Gruebbel, Paul Hitch, Max Ralston, Max Lile, Jack Perry, Jim Yancy, Bob and me… and at the more lovely end; Nancy Nash, Cheryl Miller, Ann Belanger,Lynda Tyler, Mima Lou Sporles and Lynn Matzek. We all started together in 1949 at Guymon elementary grade school. Bob and I hunted, were in the same scout den, and our fathers were both physicians in the panhandle of Oklahoma at a time when doctors were needed there. It is quite apparent from the previous readings of my buddy’s profound influence on so many. This is in remembrance of a life of achievements and contributions. You have now moved from labor to reward. Rest in peace, partner.

  • Michael S. Smith Posted June 18, 2018 6:47 pm

    So Sad to hear about Bob, he and My Brother Bill were good friends while growing in Guymon, his father was my family doctor and and performed a hernia operation in 1952, and never had any problems since. May the family rest in peace knowing he is no longer suffering problems encountered during this lifetime, God Bless.

  • Sharon Jones Posted June 19, 2018 12:03 pm

    Bob and I sat side by side when we started first grade in Guymon. He doctored several members of my family and always asked about them. He certainly didn’t rush through appointments because he talked farm, sheep, classmates, friends, OU/OSU…all before he got to medicine.! I loved the boy. I loved the man. God bless you, Beverly and the kids.

  • Christy Posted June 20, 2018 10:21 am

    Wonderful Dr., person, and friend. He always took the time to talk to his patients! He is a special guy! Love you! Christy and Rex Hensley
    Fred and Peggy Dawson

  • Tanya Strauss Posted June 22, 2018 1:46 am

    Thoughts and prayers for all of u during this trying time. RIP Dr Buford!

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