Kristi Ann (Riebhoff) Buchanan

Kristi Ann (Riebhoff) Buchanan was born Dec. 27, 1963, in Algona to Don Riebhoff and Anne Russell. Kris grew up in Algona and graduated from Algona High School in 1982. She later moved to Des Moines, where she worked her way up from secretary to bookkeeper for the Master Builders of Iowa.

While she was in Des Moines, Kris met and later married Todd Buchanan. She and Todd moved back to their hometown of Algona, where she began working with her family at Cellular Dimensions as the bookkeeper. They had three children: Nick, Jeff and Chloe, and later separated but remained friends.

Kris was most passionate about her faith and her kids. She lived her life on the foundation of her faith. In all of her hardest times, she was reading her bible and praying constantly. In all other times, she was spreading joy and love to everyone around her.

Ever since her first son was born, Kris considered herself, above all else, a mother. She devoted herself to all of her children’s activities from preschool to their college and adult lives. No matter how much or how little it was, Kris always gave her children the very best of what she had.

Kris passed away at the age of 54 on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2018, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Kris is survived by her children, Nick (Sierra) Buchanan, Jeff Buchanan, and Chloe Buchanan; mother, Anne Russell; sister, Cindy (Dave) Erpelding; brother, Steve Riebhoff; sister, Kelly (Paul) Grein; and seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by father, Don Riebhoff, and stepfather, Bob Russell.

A funeral services for Kris will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at Grace Church in Algona. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Grace Church in Algona. Online condolence may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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