Robert Buehler


August 11, 1931 - November 22, 2020


Robert Buehler, 89, of Emery, SD, died Sunday, November 22, 2020 at his home under hospice care. A private family funeral service will be held at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Emery Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Robert (Bob) Jacob Buehler, 89, from Emery, SD passed away after battling cancer on November 22 having been born in 1931 to John and Helen (Guenthner) Buehler.  Bob often shared a story about the day of his birth that his father and uncle had made a trip to Iowa to purchase a train carload of grain and corn.  Upon their arrival back in Emery they found the banks were closed, thankfully another family member had a money belt with sufficient amount of money to purchase the grain which was used to feed the livestock with the pigs being sold later that year for approximately 5 cents per pound.  He grew up during the great depression when many had nothing.   Bob grew up in Emery, first leaving the area when he joined the 85th Infantry in Ft. Riley, Kansas in 1953. By 1955, he had returned to the Emery area with his wife Shirley (Marken) Buehler to start on the next passion of his life, which was farming.

In his spare time, he continued to serve his community as part of the church session, Pleasant Township board, Hanson County Soil Conservation, and helping to start the Hanson Rural Water System. His wife had asked him to go take dancing lessons to have an activity they could share together.  Even in the dance, he found a way to serve his community by coordinating polka festivals at the Mitchell Corn Palace. 

Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley; 3 children, Timothy and Elaine (Stroud) and their children, Amy, Danielle, John and Andrew; Paul and Tina (Bracha) and their children, Tara (Nick) Skonhovd, Trista (Keegan) Bak, Tessa, and Jacob; and Cyndi (Mark) Fischer and their children, Mark Jr, Blake, Clay, and Cathy; great-granddaughter, Lydia Grace; siblings, Marjorie Nebelsick, William, Dorothy Conner, and Karen (Robert) Fuller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen; two children, Daniel John and Stephen Lee; brother, James; sisters-in-law, Marjorie and Darlene; and brothers-in-law, Duane and Art.

The family requests sending memorial contributions to Midwest Honor Flight for Veterans.



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Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, SD

Posted by Susan Enwright on December 9, 2020
One of my favorite memories is of the time Bob and Shirley stopped to see us in El Dorado, KS at Christmas. You must have been on the way south. My folks were there also. You parked your big RV in front of our house, and Stephanie and Rachel, then no older than 9 and 7, were fascinated. The first fascination was when Uncle Bob pressed a button and the side magically slid slowly out to make it wider. I think they begged for him to make it go in and out several times and he did. Then of course, marveling at the inside. I think it was Christmas Day but not sure. I do know that we all went to a movie in Wichita. I also remember when most of the cousins were young and the aunts and uncles took turns hosting Thanksgiving. I can picture the big room at your house with all of us sitting around. It was a really nice day and some of us went walking in the fields afterwards. Such precious memories. Another favorite memory is of the marvelous tunnels and forts and hideaways and passages that Tim and Paul created in the hayloft. Also, the bridal shower for either Diane or Lavonne where you Aunt Shirley sewed dresses for some of our Barbies that were either the same or similar to the actual dresses. The dolls were displayed as part of the decorations in the Emery church basement. I still have mine - a pale lavender. I am thinking of all of you as these hard days pass. Love, Susan Enwright
Posted by Dick and Carol Kunkel on December 7, 2020
Shirley, so sorry for your loss. May God's blessings be with you.
Posted by Paul buehler on November 29, 2020
Thank you all
Dad may not have said alot but when he helped me rebuilt my house and when we were fishing we did not say alot to each other we just knew what the other was doing
Will miss him terribly
Posted by Milton and Lovella Schrader on November 28, 2020
May his memories comfort and give you peace. We extend our sympathy and prayers to his family.
Posted by Bob Fuller on November 26, 2020
Perhaps they are not stars but openings in heaven where our loved ones look down and smile to let us know they are happy.
Posted by Alice Mentele on November 25, 2020
Shirley & family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I will always remember him as a fantastic dancer at the Polka festivals in Mitchell. God bless you during this difficult time.
Posted by Dorothy Conner on November 25, 2020
Michael's comment about Bob's laugh reminded me of many of his hand gestures as he was conversing which reminded me of our dad. A good memory relates to the time he and Shirley came through OR where we lived at the time, as they were on the way back to SD from a winter in TX. We took a few days, went to the OR coast where we did some deep sea fishing and that night Shirley fixed a delicious meal from our catch. It was a good time together. Shirley
Posted by Michael Buehler on November 24, 2020
I will always miss Uncle Bob's laugh which reminded me so much of Grampa John's! Our prayers will continue for all of you.
Michael and Paula Buehler
Posted by Tom Michael on November 24, 2020
My thoughts are prayers go out to Paul and the family.
Posted by Karon Fuller on November 24, 2020
When ever I was around Bob, I always had the sense that he treated me and spoke to me with the love and care of a big brother watching out for his little sister. This was true even the last time I was with him.
Posted by William Buehler on November 24, 2020
We played together in the green pastures of this earth. I look forward to playing with you in the pastures of heaven
Posted by Susan Enwright on November 24, 2020
Dear Aunt Shirley, Tim, Paul, Cindee & your families,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. I am saddened to think of Uncle Bob no longer being with us here on earth. I find comfort in the promise of salvation when thinking of all of our loved ones who have gone before. I am thinkin of you all and holding your in my prayers. Love, Susan Enwright
Posted by Ted on November 23, 2020
Love and prayers for all.
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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