Philip E. Buecher, 90, Jasper

Philip E. Buecher, 90, of Jasper, died Thursday (January 11) at his home. He was born in Jasper October 30, 1927, to Earle and Ruth (Gasser) Buecher. He married Gloria I. Sermersheim August 7, 1948, at the Lady of the Springs Church in French Lick.

Phil was a graduate of Jasper High School where he received the Distinguished Graduate Award. He attended Culver Military School, was active in scouting, and graduated from Indiana University with a Business Administration degree. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and served as president of the Dubois County I.U. Alumni Association. He served in the U. S. Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd Class in World War II and was awarded the Honor Man of his boot company. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 147 in Jasper.

He was a long time member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper. He retired as a furniture manufacturers representative of Paoli Chair and represented Jasper Desk and Glowin Company, a company he founded. He owned and managed the Stewart Hotel for 35 years, which is still owned and operated as an office rental. He was Postmaster of the Jasper Post Office and served as President of the Southwest National League of Postmasters.

He served on the Jasper School Board for 35 years, 29 as the board president. He presided during the consolidation of the Greater Jasper School Corporation and served as State Officer and Director. In 1994 he received the Outstanding Boardsmanship Award from the Indiana State School Board Association. He served as a state director on the Indiana School Board Association for nine years.

He was a member of the Jasper Park Board during the construction of the Municipal Golf Course, the establishment of the first Park and Recreation director, and served on the Jasper Plan Commission. He was a charter member and officer of the Lions Club, vice-president of the Jasper Jaycees, and a member of the Deutscherverein (German Club). He received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor O’Bannon, served on the County Election Board, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Jasper Rifle Club. Phil and his wife Gloria have actively supported Memorial Hospital in various ways over the years. He enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, tennis, dancing, reading, and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Buecher; two daughters, Sheila L. Buecher, Louisville, and Jayme McComas and husband Rod, Carmel; two grandchildren, Adam Edwards and Leslie Hanna; and two great-grandchildren, Donovan Edwards and Theo Hanna.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church, Precious Blood Catholic Church, the Dubois Community Foundation – Philip and Gloria Buecher Endowment, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Christ with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.  American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military graveside rites. Rev. Jane Hillman will officiate.

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