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Russell Dean Buhler
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1925
Douglas County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 2012
Jackson County
Minnesota, USA

A funeral service for Russell D. Buhler, of Lakefield took place Feb. 10 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Lakefield with Pastor Andrew Schensted officiating. Burial with military honors by the Lakefield American Legion and VFW posts was in Delafield Cemetery, Delafield Township, Jackson County. Russell Dean Buhler entered into eternal life on Feb. 3, at Colonial Manor in Lakefield.

Casket bearers were grandsons Tom Nesseth, Andy Nesseth, Michael Nesseth, Ben Elston, Brett Nesseth and John Simonsen. Honorary bearers were grandchildren. Ardis Mickelson was the organist with Kent Mickelson soloist. The Osterberg Funeral Service handled the funeral arrangements.

Russell Dean Buhler was born to William and Ruth (Russell) Buhler on Feb. 13, 1925 on his family's farm near Armour, S.D. He graduated from Ravinia High School in 1942 and attended Graceland Junior College in Lamoni, Iowa. Russ enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and was a member of the 1st Calvary Division/Medical Unit. Russ fought and served in the Philippine Islands. His assignment was Boat 1/Wave 1 as he prepared for the invasion of Japan. Fortunately peace was negotiated, and he served in the occupational forces in Japan under General MacArthur. Russell was honorably discharged in 1946.

He returned to South Dakota and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He joined his parents in California and received his Masters Degree from San Francisco State University in 1953. He taught 6th grade at Manzanita School in Redding, Calif. In 1960 he returned to South Dakota, teaching for a year at the Bullhead Indian Reservation and 5th grade in Pipestone, until his retirement from teaching 1975. He moved to Luverne, and purchased the Sunrise Motel that he operated from 1975-84.

Russ was very proud of his family history and his tour of duty in World War II. He had many travel experiences and was an avid reader. He enjoyed taking hunting trips with the Peschon family and collecting guns. He always carried his camera and enjoyed taking plenty of pictures. He had a passion for stamp collecting, trap shooting, fishing, and hunting. He was a compassionate person who took a sincere interest in everyone and enjoyed his many friendships.
Russ was united in marriage to Edith Brakke Nesseth on Nov. 11, 1984. He joined a family of four children and acquired 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He enjoyed going to county fairs and other events with his wife Edie. Grandpa Russ was a kind and gentle person. He made all his grandchildren feel that they were the "special grandchild"! He loved attending their sporting, dance, school, and other special events.

Russ was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield where he was active in Bible study groups. He was a member of the Masonic Prudence Lodge # 97 in Windom and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his brother Merle and Leona Buhler of Pierre, S.D., and their two children John (Lorre) their children Blair, Kate and Aric of Rapid City, S.D. and Cheri (Dean) Pyncehon and their children JD and Hannah of Quinnesec Mich.; his four step-children Janet (Paul) Simonsen, Elaine (Mark) Elston, Jim (Tam Erickson) Nesseth, and Larry (Deb) Nesseth; his 12 grandchildren: Anne Simonsen, Amy (Sam) Dipaola, John (Jennifer) Simonsen, Ben (Gayle Eustice) Elston, Sarah (Sam Wiener) Elston; Megan Elston, Matt (Kortney Baumann) Nesseth, Andy (Lindsay Chapman) Nesseth, Abby Nesseth, Tom (Tari) Nesseth, Nicole (Brent) Staples, and Michael Nesseth; great grandchildren: Alexander and Sophia Dipaola; Kathryn and Andrew Simonsen, Sylvia Poppy Chapman-Nesseth, Kiana Erickson, and Daniel Staples.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ruth and William Buhler, his wife Edith Nesseth Buhler and great grandson Leo Chapman-Nesseth. 
Lakefield Cemetery
Jackson County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
Record added: Apr 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50874753
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