David Buhs, 1942-2018

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, September 11, 2018

David Buhs of Rochester passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at the age of 75.

David Buhs

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea, followed by interment at Graceland Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Meiers of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Rochester will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea veterans organizations. Friends may visit one hour before services at the funeral home.

David Loren Buhs was born Nov. 28, 1942, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Heio and Maxine Buhs.

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He grew up in Palmer, Iowa, and graduated from Palmer High School in 1961. He then went to college in Storm Lake, Iowa, graduating from Buena Vista University in 1965 with a degree in accounting.

He spent seven years in service to his country in the Air National Guard from 1965 to 1972.

On Nov. 6, 1966, he married Connie Louise Schossow in Fonda, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children, Chad and Marla.

In high school Dave participated in baseball, basketball, track, boys’ and mixed chorus; he was also president of his senior class.

During his working years he played fast and slow pitch softball, golf, and enjoyed hunting and fishing — especially trips to northern Minnesota and Canada. He was also an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Dave worked for several companies during his career in both the finance and accounting area. Those included Land O’Lakes in Fridley and Albert Lea, Freeborn Foods and Freeborn County Department of Human Services, both in Albert Lea.

From 1976 to 2014 David and Connie resided in Albert Lea. In 2014 they moved to Rochester to be closer to family.

Dave was a past member of the Jaycees, Moose Club, Trinity Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Church and delivered Meals on Wheels in Freeborn County.

More recently, he was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Rochester and the Albert Lea American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Buhs, of Rochester; Chad and his wife, Elaine Buhs, of Mankato; daughter, Marla, and husband, Chris Burkhart, of Rochester; and three grandchildren, Marlee and Jerrid Buhs of Mankato and Noah Burkhart of Rochester. He is also survived by his brother, Dan, and his wife, Betty Buhs, of Ackley, Iowa; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Richard and Judy Wessels of Manson, Iowa, Paul and Marcia Anderson of Surprise, Arizona, Steve and Tricia Schossow of Garwin, Iowa, and Rueben and Leslie Madrigal of Omaha, Nebraska; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents Heio and Maxine Buhs; his sister, Karen (Buhs) Wessels; father-in-law and mother-in-law Leo and Louise Schossow; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

David’s first priority throughout his life was family, and he especially enjoyed his role of Grandpa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association or the Albert Lea American Legion.