Tuesday, January 30, 2024
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Al Buch, a renowned figure in the world of television broadcasting, passed away on December 21, 2023, in Wichita, Kansas. He was born on May 15, 1940, in Newell, Iowa to Albert and Esther Buch. Al is survived by his loving wife Sally Buch, his brothers Ron Buch and Jim Buch, his son Dr. Greg Buch and daughter-in-law Pam Douglas Buch, his grandchildren Griffin Douglas Buch and Aislinn Douglas Buch, as well as stepdaughter Wendy Ward and stepson Thomas Ward.
Al earned a BS in Technical Journalism from Iowa State University. His career spanned several decades and was marked by numerous accomplishments. From 1987 until his retirement in 2008, he served as the General Manager of KSN-TV in Wichita. Prior to this role, he held the position of News Director at various esteemed television stations across the country including KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA; KBOI in Boise, Idaho; KSEE in Fresno, CA; KPNX in Phoenix, AZ; and WTVJ in Miami, FL.
One of Al's proudest achievements took place in 1979 when he pioneered the effort to broadcast live video from a helicopter high above Phoenix as a news manager. This groundbreaking initiative showcased his innovative mindset and dedication to delivering news to the community using cutting-edge technology.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Al had a passion for spending time with his family. He cherished taking his stepdaughter's dogs to the dog park and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and embark on their own careers. His love for technology never waned as he always remained engaged with current news events and recently developed an interest in sports on television.
Al's joyful personality endeared him to all who crossed paths with him. Known for never meeting a stranger, he enjoyed engaging in conversations with people from all walks of life. His caring nature extended beyond family and friends to encompass the communities he served throughout his career.
He was deeply proud of his Danish heritage, tracing his family's ancestry to immigrants from Denmark who settled in northern Iowa. This connection to his roots helped shape his values and instilled in him a strong sense of community and love for others.
In addition to his television career, Al held a strong commitment to serving his community. He devoted his time and knowledge as the President of the Music Theatre of Wichita Board of Directors and served on the boards of PBS Kansas. Wichita Symphony, Kansas Humane Society and Salvation Army, among others. His dedication to these organizations showcased his unwavering support for the arts and charitable causes.
Al's presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy stands as a testament to his spirit, love for others, and devotion to both his profession, his community and his family. He will be remembered as a wonderful man who cared deeply for those he worked with and the communities he served. To those who were fortunate enough to work closely with Al, he was not only a sage mentor but also their greatest cheerleader and a dear friend.
Amidst mourning our loss, let us remember Al Buch for the immense impact he had on countless lives throughout his illustrious career and through his unwavering dedication to those he loved. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary individual, let us celebrate a life well-lived and hold dear the memories we shared with him.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 30th, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill St. Wichita, KS. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to one of Al's beloved organizations:
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
204 S. Main
Wichita, KS 67202
Music Theatre of Wichita
225 W. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67202