Robert W. Buehner, Sr., educator, community
leader, square dancer and family man, of 218 Maple Street, Danville, taught
his last lesson, danced his final dance and sipped his last Manhattan
cocktail having died on December 16, 2004 at Geisinger Medical Center. He
was 83 years young.
A devoted husband and father, he is survived
by his wife and best friend and square dance partner, Jane (nee Derr), whom
he married on June 10,
and children Robert W. Buehner, Jr. and wife Alice; John C. Buehner and wife
Randi; and Molly Morgan Decoteau and husband David. He is survived by nine
grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Born on March 11, 1921 in Minersville, PA, he
was the son of the late John Adam and Hildegard Morgan Buehner. A sister,
Caroline Honig, predeceased him.
Mr. Buehner arrived in Danville in 1946 as an
English teacher in the Danville Junior High School together with other
teachers returning from military service in World War 11. He became
Principal of the school in 1960 and served in that capacity for 22 years. He
was known for being both fair and firm with students, parents and teachers.
In 1982, he was selected to serve as Superintendent of the Danville Area
School District for one year, retiring in 1983 after 37 years in education.
A graduate of West Chester State Teachers
College in 1943 with a degree in English, he later earned a Masterís degree
in Education from Bucknell University and did other post graduate studies at
Penn State University.
Following graduation from college, Mr. Buehner
immediately enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in World War II as a
fighter pilot. He was Honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Buehner was
elected to the position of township supervisor in Mahoning Township in 1991
and served for six years. He also served as a member of the township
municipal authority and the Danville Mayorís advisory committee.
His primary hobby was square dancing with his
wife Jane and the DanJo Wheelers. They attended numerous national
conventions and enjoyed the many friendships which arose from their dancing.
He was also a member of the Danville Elks Lodge. Also, he enjoyed the
occasional Manhattan cocktail which he sipped for its medicinal value.
Active in the Mahoning Presbyterian Church of
Danville, he served in all leadership positions in the congregation
including elder and trustee.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday,
December 21, 2004 at the Mahoning Presbyterian Church, Ferry and East
Mahoning Streets, at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Judson S.Bennett officiating.
Friends may call at the church beginning at 11:00 a.m. There will not be a
Mr. Buehner will be buried at Fairview
Cemetery with full military rites will be accorded by the Montour County
The family will provide flowers and requests
that any memorial contributions be made to the Mahoning Presbyterian Church
Steeple Fund 106 East Mahoning Street Danville, PA 17821
arrangements are under the direction of the
Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West
Mahoning Street Danville, PA.