Lester "Les" W. Buehler

March 27, 1940 ~ October 5, 2021 (age 81)


Lester ‘Les’ W. Buehler, 81, of Medford passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home in the town of Medford under the care of his family and Hope Hospice, for 5 days.

A memorial mass for Les will take place on Monday, October 11, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Burial will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Monday October 11, 2021 from 9am-11am at Holy Rosary until the time of service at 11am. A meal and celebration of life will follow the service. Les’ grandchildren will serve as urnbearers.

Les was born on March 27, 1940 to William ‘Bill’ and Dorothy (Fleischman) Buehler in Medford.  Les was united in marriage to Rita Egle on January 6, 1962 at Holy Rosary in Medford.

He was a 1958 graduate of Medford High School.

Les was an operating engineer for 18 years for Peterson Construction of Medford, before starting his own gravel and later topsoil business in 1979.  He was among the first in the area to blend screened topsoil with peat and sand.  He greatly enjoyed his business and customers and would probably still be screening topsoil if ill health had not forced his retirement.

Les was an excellent woodworker and crafter.  He and Rita enjoyed traveling and crafting together.

Les was a Town of Medford Supervisor for 14 years.  He was also a past member of both the Whittlesey and Medford Lions.  He is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Les is survived by his wife Rita of 59 years; his three children, Jim & Lori Buehler, Kathy & Dick Czerniak and Jon & Carola Buehler all of Medford; seven grandchildren, Cassandra & Andy Leonard, Josh Buehler & Ally, Jill & Joe Szczepanski, Jay Czerniak, Becky & Andy Yount, Bill Buehler and Bob Buehler & Nathan Michielson.  He has one great granddaughter Clarice Leonard along with siblings Francis, Marie, Dorothy Rae, Carol and Richard and also four step grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and bothers Bill and Walter (in infancy) and also by his dog Teddy.

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October 11, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Medford, Rib Lake)

Funeral Service
October 11, 2021

11:00 AM
Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Medford, Rib Lake)

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