Theodore Frances Buehler, 92, was born at Wilson, Kansas on January 31, 1923 to Theodore and Frances (Tobin) Buehler. Ted passed into his saviors loving arms February 28, 2015, at the Beatrice Health and Rehabilitation Center in Beatrice, Nebraska.
Ted was the sixth child of 10 siblings. Brothers: Orval, Dean, Glenn, Dale, and Clark; sisters: Neva, Veta, Joyce, and Ulalla. The family lived on a farm south of Wilson and then moved into Wilson when Tedís dad became a rural mail carrier. Ted helped the family with chores around the home and for Grandma Tobin. In high school Ted was active in sports and worked at the newspaper office after school. Ted met Doris Schwerdtfeger at the Ellsworth roller skating rink. They were united in marriage on July 30, 1943, at St. Paul Lutheran church North Ellsworth while Ted was home on leave from the Army. Ted shipped out with the 101st Airborne, 501 PIRA Army Division soon thereafter. Ted parachuted behind enemy lines in Normandy June 1944, again in Holland Sept 1944, where he earned his first Purple Heart and then traveled with the 501st. to Bastogne in Dec 1944. At Alsace in the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945, Ted suffered a head wound which ended his war experience. Ted then spent time in hospitals in Paris, England, and Colorado Springs recuperating until his discharge later in 1945. After the war Ted and Doris were blessed with two daughters Pat and Cindy and celebrated 60 years of marriage with a dance in 2003. Ted and Doris lived in the rural Pioneer neighborhood south of Russell and while there Ted was a 4-H leader, enjoyed fishing on the Smokey Hill River and hunting. He worked for Skelly Oil, which became Getty and then Texaco for 40 years, retiring in 1985, in Russell. Ted enjoyed gardening and raised lots to share with friends. Ted & Doris enjoyed going to Tedís 501 PIRA army reunions held all around the U.S. and visiting with family and friends. For more than 40 years Ted and Doris enjoyed Square Dancing several evenings each week around the central Kansas area. Ted came to live Patricia and Linn in June 2012 in Beatrice, Nebraska where he enjoyed going to the Senior Center for noon meals most every day riding the Senior bus. In the summertime Tedís two great grand-children Slater and Zoe would come to spend time with grandparents and enjoyed helping great-grandpa.
Ted is survived by his daughter Pat and husband Linn Sunderland of Beatrice, Ne.; Grandson Greg and wife Sara Sunderland of Kansas City, MO., Great- grandchildren Slater and Zoe Sunderland of Kansas City, MO. Ted is also survived by three step-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris in 2009, daughter Cindy, 5 brothers, and 3 sisters.
A celebration of Ted's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, March 06, 2015, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Later in the day, a graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M. at the Wilson City Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Russell V.F.W. Post 6240. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Thursday, March 05, 2015, at the mortuary, with family present to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday evening. Memorials may be given to the Russell Senior Center and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.