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Roy Alan Van Buren

Roy Alan Van Buren moved to Heaven on November 29, 2020 due to complications of Covid-19.  He was born February 16, 1947 in Junction City to Earl and Alice (Pilgrim) Van Buren. They moved to Marion when Roy was six months old. He attended Marion schools, graduating from Marion High School in 1965.  Roy continued his education at Friends University. He served his country in the Army National Guard and was on active duty during the Vietnam War.

Roy was an aircraft engineer for 40 years, retiring from Beechcraft in 2009. He was united in marriage to Cheryl Lieurance on April 10, 1971 in Wichita. The greatest joy of his life was reading, studying, and teaching the Word of God in many Sunday School classes and Bible study groups over the years. Roy was blessed with the ability to fix, repair, or build almost anything.  He spent many hours working with wood, producing furniture and turning bowls on his lathe.

Roy is preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Jesse Branson. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Hillsboro; his sisters, Anita Galbraith of Defiance, OH, Jan (Mike) Erpelding of Crete, NE, Khrista (Rick) Branson of Ashland, KS; mother-in-law, Delores Lieurance of Wichita and several nieces and nephews.

His family will gather with friends on Saturday, December 5,,2020, at 11 a.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. Memorial contributions in Roy's name may be directed to Assemblies of God One Hope, providing Bibles to children around the world in care of Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, 902 E. D Street, Hillsboro. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Roy at www.ymzfh.com.

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Rest Roy, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. Army National Guard, Vietnam.

Harry Simpson Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

Khrista, and family,
So sorry. As believers we know this is a time of sorrow and joy. We did not know your brother, Khrista, but from his obituary know that he was a special brother, friend; man of God.
Love and prayers,

Arlie and Pat Lohrding Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

Roy was good friend during and after High School. Sympathy to family. Many happy memories of days passed.

Lee Lunderman Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

You had an excellent service for Roy today. He would have wanted Pastor Jeremy to share the plan of salvation. The music was great. We will remember the times we spent with you and Roy. May God encourage you during this time.
Sharon and James Bartel

Sharon & James Bartel Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM

Roy was a good friend during our time working together at Beech Aircraft. He was a good man.

John Siemer Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Go in Peace Roy! Wonderful mentor and great man of God! I was blessed to get to knowRoyas I worked under him atHawker Beechcraft.
My condolences to the entire family; you are in my prayers

Helene Gandy Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

I only met Roy this past year, during this time of Covid19, so our time together was limited; always by phone or email. We crossed paths as artists, as I was impressed by his wood turning craftsmanship. Our conversations were about his latest projects, my latest projects and of course, our shared passion for vintage lamps. In fact, that is how I met him, while buying some lamp parts off of his Etsy store.

That is also when I discovered his talent for wood turning. Upon seeing his work, I was so excited, I messaged him and asked if we could talk by phone. We hit it off instantly and commenced in what we had hoped to be a long-term friendship that simply started late in life. It was unique at least for me in that we came from different walks of life, yet never discussed politics or any other conversational taboos. Our interests as artists guided our conversations and we took pleasure in keeping it that way. It made our friendship very unique.

Roy struck me as sincere, humble and gracious. Never having "seen" him, I had only my imagination and his genuineness and the knowledge that he was a retired engineer, and now a farmer and artist from Kansas. Curiously, seeing his image here now is exactly as I had pictured him in my mind. Funny how that works, because it requires a real connection to do that.

I feel certain that those of you who were a routine part of his life and knew him much better than I, have wonderful memories of Roy and my heart goes out to you all, especially to Cheryl.

Scott Sanders Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers for everyone. Knew him from school and brother to a best friend, Anita. Most of the time I think while I'd be with Anita at their house, Roy would always be heading somewhere in his car. Condolences to his family.

HankyKleinChestnut Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

Anita and Roy's Family. Sympathy to all during this time. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead.
Frances (Giesbrecht) Sandford
Hutchinson, Kansas
Marion classmate of Anita

Frances Sandford Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Roy was a great friend all through school. He will be missed. Had a lot of great times with him.
Byron McCarty

Byron McCarty Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

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