Herbert Buffum. Los Angeles, Cal., Oct. 10 LSpecial. Herbert Buffum, noted hymn writer and evangelist, died here today after a heart attack at the age of 59. Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver were included among evangelists to make use of his songs. The evangelist leaves his widow, Mrs. Lillie Buffum, and three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Anderson, Anderson, Mrs. Naomi Bartlett, and Mrs. Lois B. Marona, and a son, Herbert Buffum Jr. He was born in Lafayette, 111., and came to California at the age of 17.