James M. Buhr, age 91 of Clear Lake, WI, was called home to be with his wife Harriet on her birthday, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Golden Age Manor Nursing Home in Amery, WI.
James Mathias Buhr was born on August 4, 1922 in Stewart, MN, the son of Anton & Mary (Klinkhammer) Buhr. He moved from Stewart, MN as a young child to Clear Lake, WI, grew up there, and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1940. James then went on to serve in the US Army’s 12th Armored Division out of Ft. Campbell, KY. After a tour of duty with his unit in Germany during WWII, James was honorably discharged in 1945. While on leave, he was married to Harriet Aronson on January 22, 1944 in Abeline, TX. After the war, they moved to Clear Lake, WI and raised six children, Sandy, Maria, Richard, Julie, Scott & Stephen. James worked for many years at the Farmers Co-op Creamery in Clear Lake and also operated a dairy farm. He later went on to own and operate Buhr Trucking for many years. When he wasn’t working, James enjoyed dancing, playing cards, draft horses, and traveling. He and Harriet took many trips to Waverly, Iowa for horse pulls and auctions. James especially loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, WI and a member of the Clear Lake VFW. He was also a charter member of the Clear Lake FFA. James will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Harriet; parents, Anton & Mary Buhr; great grandchildren, Travis Catts and Gracie Hush; 5 brothers, Nick, Joe, Ralph, Tony, & Nestor Buhr; 3 sisters, Alice Barthman, Eleanor Paulson, & Mary Ann Buhr.
He is survived by sons and daughters: Sandy (Jim) Cress – Emerald, WI, Maria (Dennis) Bliese – Deer Park, WI, Richard (Doris) Buhr – Clear Lake, WI, Julie (Jerry) Johnson – Amery, WI, Scott (Rita) Buhr – Emerald, WI, Stephen (Kathy) Buhr – Clear Lake, WI; 22 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Storrs – Amery, WI, Geneva Gasper – Coon Rapids, MN; sister-in-law Dorothy Buhr – Clear Lake, WI, Shirley Buhr – Clear Lake, WI; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral Service was Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, WI. Visitation was held Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. at the Scheuermann Funeral Home and an hour before the service on Monday at the church.
Parish Prayer Service was on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment was at the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake, WI.
Celebrant was Fr. John Long, Music was by Yoshiko Shakal, Lacey Buhr, and St. John’s Choir.Casketbearers were Richard Buhr, Jim Cress, Scott Buhr, Jerry Johnson, Stephen Buhr, Dennis Bliese. Military Honors by All Clear Lake Area Veterans Memorial Honor Guard, and flag presention was by Captain Dave Cocchiarella.
Scheuermann Funeral Home of Clear Lake is handling the arrangements, www.clearlakefuneralhome.com