DeWayne A. “Boo” Buyer

April 06, 1948 ‒ October 19, 2018

Marion, Ohio

DeWayne A. “Boo” Buyer, age 70, of Marion, died peacefully on Friday, October 19, 2018, at home with loved ones by his side following a battle with his health.

On April 6, 1948, DeWayne was born in Kenton, Ohio, one of five children of the late Arnold B. and Florence M. (Wigle) Buyer. He was raised on a farm in Marion County, and graduated from Elgin High School in the class of 1966, where he served as the president of the FFA.  He furthered his education at Ohio Northern, and later was proud to earn his associates degree in business from the Marion Technical College.

After short stints at other jobs, DeWayne found his niche working at Fairfield Engineering in Marion, where he worked his way up to being a shop and site superintendent and job cost estimator.  In total, he worked for nearly 40 years at Fairfield Engineering, later known as Stock Equipment in Cleveland, retiring in 2013.

In 2008, DeWayne was blessed to reunite with an old friend from Elgin High School, Jeannie James.  They shared ten special years together, enjoying many great trips to places like St. John’s and New Orleans.

A man of faith, DeWayne attended the Crosswood United Methodist Church in Marion.  He also was a member of the Marion Moose Lodge #889.

With DeWayne, the old saying that “you can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy” held true.  Throughout his life he loved learning about new farm equipment and trends.  He also loved woodworking, making and fixing anything and everything around the house, watching westerns, golfing, and just being home.

A truly great man, DeWayne was the best father, grandfather, partner and friend you could ever ask for.  His sons will forever remember all of the adventures Dad, a.k.a. “Pops”, took them on; everything from camping to horseback riding.  He had a zest for life, making the most of every day.  His witty and fun personality was enjoyed by his family and many friends.  He shared an especially close bond with his friends, whom he cared deeply for and greatly appreciated.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving partner, Jeannie James; two sons: John (Heather) Buyer of Washington Courthouse, OH, and Jeff (Alonna) Buyer of Katy, TX; five grandchildren: Elle, Anna, and Joel Buyer, and Paige and Shelby Buyer; and two siblings: Paul Buyer, and Daphne Joann (Charlie) Harp; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Including his parents, DeWayne was preceded in death by two siblings: Doris “Eileen” Rinehart and Robert “Norman” Buyer.

His family will greet friends from 10 am to Noon on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Crosswood United Methodist Church (address below).  Services celebrating his life will follow there at Noon, with Rev. Jennifer Bass officiating.  Burial will follow in LaRue Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, PO Box 16810, Columbus, OH 43216-6810, or online at, in DeWayne Buyer’s memory to benefit the Cerebral Palsy fund, or to the Crosswood United Methodist Church, 1551 Richland Rd, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve DeWayne’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Jeannie and family and the Buyer Family
    Prayers are with you. Know I am there with you. Many happy memories.
    Love You All
    Becky Jacobs Rynders
    Abilene, TX

  • Jeannie, John, Jeff and families-
    We are so sorry for your loss of an amazing, caring, loving and generous man. Pops will forever have a special place in my heart. Sending love and hugs and keeping you in our prayers.
    Mike and Jennifer

  • Jeanie and DeWayne’s families, I am sorry to hear of his passing. He certainly was one of a kind. He always teased me like I was his little sister, even though I seldom seen him. He was one of the good guys and will be missed by many.
    Prayers for all of you.

  • Jeannie, John, Jeff and families-
    I am so sorry to hear about DeWayne’s passing. You have my condolences and prayers.

  • Although DeWayne was an All Conference, All State Athlete– he never bragged about it- in fact, he was humble about his athletic accomplishments.
    He had great humor and a disarming smile.
    He never talked to me in a negative fashion about another person.{which is rare these days}
    I hope to see him on the other side of our existence.

  • Remembering a fun and witty gentle ‘bear’ of a man and sending condolences to the family he loved and who loved him back. Rest In Peace and comfort DeWayne. A friend of the Texas family.