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Tribune personnel remember a friend and colleague
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Jerry Buxton, the Great Bend Tribune’s reporter covering Pawnee County, died Saturday at the Hospice House in Hutchinson after a brief, but valiant, battle with cancer. He was a valuable member of the Tribune team and a long-time friend. Below are some remembrances written by his co-workers at the paper. His obituary appears on page 3 of today’s Tribune.

Jerry Buxton was always an artist at heart. The first hint was the personalized license tag on his car: Prufrock. That comes from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” a poem by T.S. Eliot. Jerry never mentioned if he wrote poetry, but he was a voracious reader. He was also an actor. He was an active member of the Great Bend Community Theatre.
He was a conscientious reporter and I will miss working with him.

Susan Thacker,
Tribune reporter

Jerry had a delightful sense of humor and was a positive person. He was my friend, and I miss him.

Karen La Pierre,
Tribune reporter
I really enjoyed working with Jerry – he always had a warm hello whenever he would pass by my desk or I would be going through the newsroom. I especially enjoyed our conversations about the Jesse Ventura episodes we had watched the previous week! He was a true professional with his work and I admired his style of writing. He always showed integrity and honesty in the workplace and I will miss him.

Tammy Mason, Tribune advertising sales rep

Jerry, we didn’t know each other for very long, but you were always so kind. I will miss you very much. Rest in peace my friend. 

Wendy Beck, Tribune sales manager