OBITUARY

Richard Noel Buie

January 13, 1950October 31, 2018
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Richard "Rick" Buie, 68,of Amarillo, TX., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Tuesday November 6th at 10:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church 5005 I- 40 West Amarillo, TX 79106 with Reverend Brian Hesse presiding.

Richard was born January 13th, 1950 in Oklahoma City, OK to Noel and Madge (McClesky) Buie. He graduated from Newcastle High School in 1968. He was a Army veteran and served in Vietnam.On October 23, 1971 he married Cathy Goff in Amarillo, TX. Richard was part owner of Jim Goff and Sons Construction Co.for over 30 years. He retired 2 years ago. He loved spending time with his family, especially his 3 grandkids. He enjoyed working in the yard and with his wife in their garden. He also enjoyed telling a story and maybe a tall tale or two.

Richard is survived by his wife Cathy of Amarillo, TX. ,his two sons James and his wife Staci of Lazbuddie, TX., Jason and his wife Kim of Crawford, TX.,and his three grandkids, Jonah, Elias, and Madelyn. He was preceded in death by his parents Noel and Madge.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Trinity Lutheran Woodlands, 2400 North Coulter Amarillo, TX 79124.

  • FAMILY

  • Noel Buie, Father
  • Madge McClesky Buie, Mother
  • Cathy Goff Buie, Wife
  • James Buie, Son
  • Staci Buie, Daughter-in-law
  • Jason Buie, Son
  • Kim Buie, Daughter-in-law
  • Richard also leaves behind his three loving grandkids, Jonah, Elias and Madelyn to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Shad Pennington, Honorary Bearer
  • Bob Roland, Honorary Bearer
  • David Brooks, Honorary Bearer
  • Chris Pilgrim, Honorary Bearer
  • Howard Herm, Honorary Bearer
  • Clint Robinson, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

Richard Noel Buie

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Biography

      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Richard Noel Buie who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Richard was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Richard knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Richard was born on January 13, 1950 at Hubbard Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His parents were Noel and Madge Buie. Richard was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Even as a youngster, Richard learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Richard was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Richard was raised with two siblings. He had two younger sisters. Richard had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Richard, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Richard's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Richard enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Richard took part in basketball, and baseball. He was a member of 4-H.

      In school, Richard was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Richard was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Richard’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Newcastle High School in 1968. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was wood working. He was the president of his Senior graduating class.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Richard reveled in the security of his family. On October 23, 1971 Richard exchanged wedding vows with Cathy Lee Goff at the Christ Lutheran Church of Amarillo, Texas. One of Richard’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Richard was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Richard would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Richard was blessed with two children, two sons, James and Jason. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Johah, Elias, and Madelyn.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Richard was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Richard was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Richard upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a carpenter. He was employed for five years with Wilson Meat Packing, 32 years with Jim Goff and Son's Construction, and five years with MMM Plumbing. Richard was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Richard was an Army Veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was in the Vietnam, Company B 815th Engineer BN (Construction). Richard saw action for Vietnam. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of SP4. He received several awards recognizing his for his heroism, including a NDSM, VSM, VCM, 1O/J Bar, and EXP. M-14.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Richard to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, Richard played baseball and basketball. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Boxing.

      Faith was important to Richard. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of Christ Lutheran for 30+ years, and Trinity Lutheran for two years. During that time, he was and Elder, and a Trustee.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Richard could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Richard; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of his most prestigious awards included Small Business Administration Award for Excellence.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Richard used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Richard had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Mount Rushmore, Pittsburgh, PA, and Yellowstone Glacier Park.

      Richard was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Richard’s favorites was Ebony, a Border Collie. They were best friends for 12 years.

      When Richard’s retirement finally arrived in 2015, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, he found new pleasure in remodeling his own living room and two bathrooms. In many ways, Richard loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Richard passed away on October 31, 2018 at Thomas E. Creek Veterans Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. Richard fought a brave battle with bone and bladder cancer. He is survived by his wife Cathy, two sons James and Jason, three grandchildren Jonah, Elias, and Madelyn; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church.

      All who knew him would agree that Richard was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Richard Noel Buie did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.