Former Omahan Kevin Buchta was a creative sort, said sister Susie Dugan of Omaha.
“He was always very original,” she said. “He was one of those guys who was always happy.”
He put that flair to good use not only in his career as a promotions and marketing director at several broadcasting outlets but also in various volunteer activities after settling in Merriam, Kan.
Buchta, 78, died Tuesday in a Merriam nursing home after battling throat cancer. Funeral services were Saturday in Merriam.
He began his career in marketing at KMTV in Omaha and went on to work at WMAQ Radio in Nashville and KMBC-TV and KCMO Radio in Kansas City, Mo. He worked as the office manager at a screen-printing company in Overland Park, Kan., before retirement.
Buchta was born in Omaha to William and Helen Buchta. He graduated from the now-closed St. Joseph High School and studied journalism at Omaha University, though he didn't get a degree.
He served on the Merriam City Council for eight years and was chairman of the Merriam Tree Board. He also coordinated the community spring tree sale for several years and served on the Merriam Downtown Development Council, among other volunteer work.
“I had someone tell me that he served on almost every committee they had in Merriam,” Dugan said.
He also was a member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
In addition to his sister, survivors include his wife of 49 years, Jean Wilson Buchta; sister Claire Young of Denver; and 19 nieces and nephews.