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Edward Buffalo

June 16, 1936 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Edward Buffalo Obituary

In Memoriam: Edward Buffalo (June 16, 1936 - February 18, 2024)


With love and joyful remembrance we announce the passing of Edward Buffalo, an enduring husband, loving father and grandfather, educator, veteran, gentleman and scholar.

Edward's timeline reflects a rich tapestry of personal and family history, including his parent’s journey from Ukraine to the Far East and back again, Ed's own experiences during World War II, and the family’s post-war displacement.  

He was born on June 16, 1936 in pre-war Europe. The son of Wolodymyr and Anna Shylenko, brother to Lubi, he and his family survived as Ukrainian refugees, ending up in a displaced persons camp in Hannover Germany until 1951 when they were allowed to immigrate to the United States.  Their other choices (in Ed’s own words) were Canada (too cold), Australia (too hot), and Brazil (snakes too big).

Upon arriving in the U.S., the family lived in Newark, New Jersey, moving to Saint Paul, Minnesota; Denver, Colorado; and settling in Los Angeles, California.  Ed spent a year of high school at each stop, graduating from John Marshall High School in 1954.  He graduated from UCLA in 1960 with a degree in English.

A man of diverse linguistic ability (he spoke Russian, German, and Ukrainian), Ed honed his skills in technical writing at UCLA and the U.S. Army Intelligence School where he was trained as an Intelligence Analyst.  He applied them professionally in positions with the Rand Corporation, working on the Polaris missile program with the Aerojet Corporation, a stint with the California Department of Employment, and ultimately as a teacher with the Sacramento Unified School District.  His first assignment was as an English/Journalism teacher at C.K. McClatchy High School and his final at Einstein Middle School, retiring in 1996.

Ed became a U.S. citizen in 1957 and chose military service in the U.S. Army.  After completing basic training and Army Intelligence School, he continued his commitment to his country for 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, 418 MI Det AF Cens., Sacramento, California.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Ed cherished family life and time spent with his wife, Twila, and their four children during repeated trips to the coast and countless weekends at the family property outside of Georgetown. As a younger man he even enjoyed square dancing, where he met Twila for the first time.  

His passion for soccer, notably watching his children and grandchildren play, left an indelible mark on everyone who stepped onto the pitch in front of him.  His chants of encouragement from the sideline, “...boom, boom…all the way!” will inspire those who heard it long after his passing.

He enjoyed a myriad of other interests that reflected his eclectic personality over his 87 years. He relished putzing around at the Cabin in a cowboy hat fitting his last name, traveling to familiar destinations along the California coast line, sending cryptic text messages to his children and grandchildren, calling Mark Finan at the KCRA Weather Station daily for his personal opinion on current conditions, driving to the bank regularly to conduct business that could easily be done online, and listening loudly to obscure Russian and Ukrainian bandura music during family gatherings in the hopes that others would take interest and lean in to share the experience.  Few ever did.

Edward Buffalo lived a long, accomplished, and indelible life.  He is survived by his wife, Twila; four children Dan, Tom, Jeff, and Nick; and six grandchildren, Logan, Owen, Mason, Nolan, Reagan, and Sofie. His essence will live on in them and his memory will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

In lieu of flowers or other gestures of sympathy and condolence, the family asks for donations in Ed’s name be made in support of relief efforts in Ukraine through Samaritan’s Purse, https://www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/responding-to-the-crisis-in-ukraine/.

There will be a viewing at Price Funeral Chapel (6335 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA, on February 28, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Ed will be buried at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.  Just immediate family will be attending.

A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held on April 12, 2024, at 11:00 am, in the Wells Chapel on the Fair Oaks Church campus (11427 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA)

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