Buchan, Donald G. ‘Don The Barber’


Donald G. “Don The Barber” Buchan, 91, of La Crescent, Minn., passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. 

Don was born in Winona, Minn., on June 19, 1928, to Lawrence and Hattie (Jumbeck) Buchan. On January 11, 1951, he married Donnis Mae Carpenter in Winona and they recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Don had served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War and was an active member of the Gittens-Leidel American Legion Post 595 La Crescent, where he served as leader of the Color Guard for 40 years. For 64 years, Don barbered in La Crescent where he owned the La Crescent Barber Shop, recently retiring at the age of 89. Don had proudly served his community in various capacities and with many organizations throughout his lifetime. 

In addition to his wife Donnis, of La Crescent, he is survived by one daughter, Debra Wagner of La Crescent; three grandchildren, Jordan and Janessa Wagner of La Crescent, and Betsy Blank of Coon Rapids, Minn.; one great granddaughter, Autumn Blank of Coon Rapids; one sister-in-law, Connie Duff of Winona; one brother-in-law, Lenny Husser of Minneiska, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Rebecca A. Blank, two brothers, and one sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at The Church of The Crucifixion, La Crescent. Rev. John L. Evans II will officiate. Burial with military honors provided by American Legion Post 595 will follow in Crucifixion Cemetery. Friends may call on the family Friday evening from 5 until 7 p.m., at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services La Crescent chapel; 111 So. Oak St. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be donated in Don’s memory. Online guestbook may be signed at www.schumacher-Kish.com.


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