John Allison Buster – 67 – passed away at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas with his family by his side on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Memorial services will be held at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, 523 North Roosevelt, Guymon, Oklahoma on Friday, November 2nd at 2PM in the afternoon with Pastor Gary Holdeman officiating.
John was born January 7, 1945 and raised in Guymon, Oklahoma by Mayoe Porter Ridley and Robert W Buster along with stepfather Melvin R Ridley.
He attended Guymon schools until his junior year when he went to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. John obtained his high school diploma as well as his Arts and Science Associates Degree from Wentworth. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Student.
He then went on to Oklahoma State University where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Business. It was here at OSU that he met and fell in love with Delores Ann Reinholtz. They were married just prior to graduation on March 23, 1968 and spent the next 44 years as best friends. After college, John served as an officer in the army from 1968 to 1979, retiring as a Captain. John was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam Conflict. While in the service, John and Delores traveled the country and the world. This imbedded a love of travel and adventure into their lives, which they passed along to their daughters, Heather Allison (born in 1974) and Audrea Ann (born in 1978).
After service in the Army, John and Delores moved their family to Tulsa, Oklahoma to begin John’s career as a stock broker. They stayed in Tulsa until 1988 when the family then moved back to John’s hometown of Guymon, Oklahoma. John and Delores then started their next journey as co-owners and then full owners of the D & J Clothing Store. They officially retired in 1999. John was passionate about the stock market and enjoyed sharing his tips and projections with friends. It was common to overhear John enthralled in deep discussions about the markets. He also had a deep appreciation and love for life on the family farm.
John loved raising money for a good cause and adopted the Guymon Chapter of Circle of Friends as one of his favorite causes. He also loved being active in the church both in Sunday school, was active in mission trips and singing in the church choir – and was known for being able to hit the low bass notes of any song. John is a 32nd Degree Mason as well as a Shriner.
John is preceded in death by his mother Mayoe Porter Ridley, his stepfather Melvin R Ridley, his father Robert W Buster, his brother Robert W Buster, Jr, and his grandfather John Allison Porter.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Delores Ann Buster, his daughter Heather Buster Shea and her husband Chris and granddaughter Hayden Allison of Columbus, Ohio, his daughter Audrea Buster Gibson and her husband Andy and grandson Cameron of New Braunfels, Texas, sister in law Trecia Buster, wife of late Robert W Buster, Jr and sons Mitchell and Grant of Virginia, brother James R Ridley and wife Linda of Baker, Oklahoma and daughter Dallas of Texas, and stepbrother Tim Ridley and wife Tina of Oklahoma City.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to the Guymon Chapter Circle of Friends in care of Bank of the Panhandle or Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri (www.wma.edu/giving).