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Robert W. Buehner, Sr.

December 18, 2004

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, 1950; 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 viewing. 

Mr. Buehner will be buried at Fairview Cemetery with full military rites will be accorded by the Montour County Veterans Association. 

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

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville, PA.

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