Funeral services for Kristi "Kris" Buchanan age 54, of Algona will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Grace Church in Algona. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 29, 2018 Grace Church in Algona.
Kristi Ann (Riebhoff) Buchanan was born December 27, 1963 in Algona, Iowa to Don Riebhoff and Anne Russell. Kris grew up in Algona and graduated from Algona High School in 1982. She later moved to Des Moines where she worked her way up from secretary to bookkeeper for the Master Builders of Iowa.
While she was in Des Moines, Kris met and later married Todd Buchanan. She and Todd moved back to their hometown of Algona where she began working with her family at Cellular Dimensions as the bookkeeper. They had three children: Nick, Jeff and Chloe, and later separated but remained friends.
Kris was most passionate about her faith and her kids. She lived her life on the foundation of her faith. In all of her hardest times, she was reading her bible and praying constantly. In all other times, she was spreading joy and love to everyone around her.
Ever since her first son was born, Kris considered herself, above all else, a mother. She devoted herself to all of her children's activities from preschool to their college and adult lives. No matter how much or how little it was, Kris always gave her children the very best of what she had.
Kris passed away at the age of 54 on Sunday, November 25, 2018 after an 18 month battle with cancer.
Kris is survived by her children, Nick (Sierra) Buchanan, Jeff Buchanan, and Chloe Buchanan; mother Anne Russell, sister, Cindy (Dave) Erpelding, brother, Steve Riebhoff, sister, Kelly (Paul) Grein, and 7 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by father, Don Riebhoff and stepfather, Bob Russell.
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My sympathy to Kris’s family and friends. I always remember how sweet, kind and friendly Kris was to her kids classmates. As a parent, you always remember that! I hope you find peace in your memories, and know her faith took her to a much better place. Tish Lavrenz
Sending sincere sympathy to Kris’s family and friends. I graduated with Kris in 1982. We were friends when her family moved from the country into town. We lived in the same neighborhood. Kris was always fun and up for adventure. I remember her mischievous smile and wicked sense of humor. We drifted apart during high school but reconnected on FB. Prayers for Kris and everyone that loves her. She left a beautiful legacy in her gorgeous family.
I worked with Kris at Master Builders of Iowa. I enjoyed her friendship, humor and humanity and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. My condolences to all her family. God speed, Kris! Kathy Heatherton
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family. Kris was a kind and caring classmate who was always a friend to everyone. I rememember running into her a few times in Des Moines several years ago when she lived there and each time it made my day. In recent years we had connected a few times on social media and I was inspired by her bold and unwavering faith in Christ. She most certainly was a bright light in this world and will be missed by many, but she is no doubt rejoicing now in His presence. Matthew 25:23 ❤️
My deepest sympathy to the entire Riebhoff and Buchanan family in the loss of your beautiful daughter, sister, and mother. Kris has always been beautiful inside and out. Praying for comfort at this difficult time for all.
Sending my thoughts and prayers to all. As Scott said, Kris was an amazing classmate and great friend to all of us in the Class of '82 at AHS. It's too bad that life's journey puts so many miles between us, but we'll always be together in our collective heart. Sincerely, Todd M Miller
My very deepest sympathy to all of Kris’s family. She was a beautiful woman inside and out.
My deepest sympathy to your family.kris was a great classmate always remember her having a smile on her face. So sorry for your loss. Scott Sewick
My deepest condolences to the family and friends. It always is hard to accept someone passing so young but knowing Kris these last few years she is not suffering anymore. Her faith in her Savior has carried her to eternity with Jesus in heaven.
To all of Kris's beloved family - my most heartfelt condolences at this very sad time. I didn't know about Kris's battle - what a courageous person she seemed to be. I remember coming out to the farm and playing with the girls on Sunday's so Anne could get work done before we went back to church in the evening. How blessed you all were to have such a great example as a daughter, sister, mother and friend. May you all feel the peace only our Lord can provide knowing that we will meet again. Prayers that you will be able to remember Kris with smiles and not tears in the coming months and years.
Keeping everyone in my prayers that you find the strength to get thru the next few day's, weeks, months & years.
Deepest Sympathy to you Ann, Cindy, Steve,Kelly and families!! DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU ALL with the loss of KRIS!! KEEPING YOU ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!!! LOVE YOU!!
My thoughts, prayers and my deepest heartfelt sympathy go out to your family! !! Iwhen I think of Kris I think of her laugh and her smile. She was sooo beautiful! !!
I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
You all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
Ann, Kelly, Cindy, Steve, Nick, Sierra, Jeff and Chloe, You all have my deepest sympathy and prayers and lots of love! Kris will be deeply missed!
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