Ralph L. Buechler, 87, St. Anthony

Ralph L. Buechler, 87, of St. Anthony, died Saturday, September 11, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in St. Anthony January 6, 1934, to Henry and Helen (Brames) Buechler. He married Helen L. Lueken June 22, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. She died June 23, 2013.

Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Korea. He was a member of American Legion Post 493, retired from Jasper Cabinet Co. after 40 years of service, and was a lifelong farmer who enjoyed raising hogs and planting crops. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony Catholic Church, and the St. Anthony Community Center. He enjoyed spending time with his family, participating in Sheepshead tournaments, reading westerns and biographies, and driving on country roads.

He is survived by four daughters, Cheryl Wigand and husband Gary, Jasper, Karen Mehling, Newburgh, Ann East and husband John, Evansville, and Tara Roos and husband Roger, Evanston; three sons, Tom Buechler and wife Nita, Evansville, Alan Buechler, Jasper, and Ron Buechler and wife Debbie, Ferdinand; 12 grandchildren, Kevin and Jill Wigand, Robbie and Alicia Mehling, Alex Buechler, Kayla and Lance Buechler, Kristin and Ian East, Dustin Roos, Maggie Lannert, and Miranda Taylor; six great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild due in January; one sister, Imelda Mehling, Ferdinand; one brother, Wilfred Buechler and wife Marilyn, St. Anthony; and one sister-in-law, Lila Buechler, St. Anthony.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one brother, John Buechler, two sisters, Elfrieda Lueken and Irma Jean Buechler, who died in infancy, one son-in-law, Mark Mehling, and two brothers-in-law, Ollie Lueken and Eugene Mehling.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish or the Dubois County Special Olympics. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. St. Anthony American Legion Post 493 will conduct military graveside rites.

Masks are strongly recommended for the visitation and service.

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