Saturday, December 4, 2021

Robert ‘Jim’ James Buehler, 92, West Concord

Robert James "Jim" Buehler Sr., 92, of West Concord, died Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus in Rochester surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug.10, 1928, in Milton Township, Dodge County, the son of Walter and Ruth (Lehnherr) Buehler.

Jim graduated from West Concord High school in 1945. He was a Korean War Veteran serving in the Army from 1953-1955. On July 30, 1955, he married Phyllis Weis.

Jim was a lifelong farmer and a longtime Democrat, serving as the Dodge County D.F.L. Chairman for 10 years.

He was a local pioneer in no-till planting and fall strip tillage. Jim was recognized in 1990 as the outstanding conservation farmer in Dodge County. He served on the board of the Farmers Home Administration of Dodge and Olmsted Counties from 1978-1981.

Jim was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 60-year member of the American Legion. He served as president of the Farmers Union for two years and was a director for the West Concord Historical Society for many years.

Jim had a passion for work, farming, welding and staying busy. He enjoyed reading, watching the news and staying current on local events. He also enjoyed swing dancing and traveling throughout the United States and overseas.

Jim was known for his quick wit and sense of humor and occasionally being a character. He loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they often brought out the best in him.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis Buehler of Dodge Center; children, Gregory (Julie) Buehler of Dodge Center, Joy Duellman (friend, K.C. Reed) of Winona, Jeffrey (Cindy) Buehler of Dodge Center, Robert (Sandy) J. Buehler, Jr. of Rochester; grandchildren, Amy Buehler, William “Billy” Buehler, Jonathan Duellman, Drew Buehler, Allison Schley, Abigail Buehler, Aaron Buehler, Marcus Buehler and Andrea Stawarski; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Ben and Charlotte Schley, Nicci, Lana and Edison James Buehler, Landen, Haley and Nolan Stawarski.

He was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanne (Paul) Matti and Janice (Howard) Sathrum; and son-in-law, Richard Duellman.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at the West Concord Historical Society with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the West Concord Historical Society.

Arrangements by Michaelson Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 482, 1930 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN  55060

(507) 451-7943.

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