Donald H. Buechlein, 77, Huntingburg

Donald Buechlein Obit Photo025_edited-1Donald H. Buechlein, 77, of Huntingburg, died Friday (August 30) at his home. He was born December 9, 1935, in Jasper, to George and Theresia (Fritz) Buechlein. He married Dorothy Striegel on October 4, 1958 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Don graduated from Jasper High School in 1952 and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. He worked as a mechanic for D.M.I. and Styline and retired as a purchasing manager for Paoli, Inc.. He participated in various leadership roles in Boy Scouting for over 25 years. During his interim as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #181, he helped 21 young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Y.M.I. Club, V.F.W. Post #2366, and the Huntingburg Conservation Club. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren, woodworking, gardening, and watching sports on television especially the St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana University basketball and Colts football.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Buechlein, Huntingburg; four daughters and four sons-in-law, Annette “Ann” (Dave) Duncan, Huntingburg, Geralyn (David) Walker, Indianapolis, Christina “Chris” (Andrew) Rodabough, Indianapolis, and Donna (Tony) Eckert, Huntingburg; two sons and one daughter-in-law, John (Tracy) Buechlein, Lamar, and Thomas Buechlein, Louisville; one brother, David Buechler, Jasper; two sisters, Mary Schmitt and Virginia Knies, both of Jasper; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Mark Buechlein, one daughter, Teresa Buechlein, and two brothers, Maurice Buechlein and Ambrose Buechlein.

Funeral services 10 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post #2366 memorial detail. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. At 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, a rosary will be led by the Jasper High School Class of 1952 followed by a memorial service conducted by the Y.M.I. Club. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Organ Refurbishment Fund. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.

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