John H. Buyers

  • Born: July 6, 1946
  • Died: May 17, 2013
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family


John H. Buyers, 66, of Sterling died Friday, May 17, 2013 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Born July 6, 1946 in Sterling, he was a son of John Henry and Dorothy Johanna (Bruider) Buyers. He married Lisa Ridenhower on August 7, 1976 in Sterling. He was a US Army veteran with the 101st Airborne unit and served during Vietnam.

John was a correctional officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections until his retirement in 2002. He was an avid motorcyclist and a member of the Patriot Riders. He also enjoyed Corvette racing and tinkering with his tractor and taught Bujin Kempo Karate. John was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902, the Rock Falls VFW and was an Honor Flight Supporter.

Surviving are his wife Lisa, of Sterling; a daughter, Stephanie (Ernesto) Cruz of Glen Burnie, MD; 2 sons, Doug Buyers and Chris (Cassandra) Buyers of Sterling; a brother Karl Buyers of Tampico and 3 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Monday, May 20 at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral services will be at 10 AM Tuesday, May 21 at the funeral home with Pastor Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project Honor Guard.

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