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Leo F. Buhrman

Leo F. Buhrman, 81, of St. Paul, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Ray Kosmicki and Sidney Bruggeman will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at St. Paul, with graveside military honors by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul. The family will greet friends one hour before time of the service on Saturday, at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Buhrman was born on Aug. 9, 1931, at St. Libory, the son of Conrad and Ruth (Wilson) Buhrman. He was united in marriage to Frances A. Olsufka on Aug. 10, 1955, at St. Paul. He is survived by his wife, Frances of St. Paul; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Doug Buhrman of Raymond, Greg Buhrman of Grand Island, Pat and Judy Buhrman of Mesa, AZ and Bryan and Cheryl Buhrman of Chandler, AZ; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tracy and John Middleton of Hastings, Amy and Cary Tietjen of Chester and Jeanne Kenney of Aurora; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Marian and Earl Roberts of McCook, Betty and Joe Mott of Golden, CO and Ruth Marie Offhaler of La Luz, NM; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Virgil Buhrman of Alturas, CA, Clyde and Rosemary Buhrman of North Platte, Kenneth and Norma Buhrman of Fayetteville, SC and Larry and Diane Buhrman of St. Libory. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Leo grew up in St. Libory where he attended St. Libory's Catholic School and Grand Island Senior High. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1953. Upon his military discharge, he went to work for the City of Grand Island. After his marriage to Frances the couple lived in St. Paul where he worked for Howard-Greeley REA and later for the City of St. Paul, where he became the City Utilities Superintendent for a number of years. He then started his own business, Buhrman Electric which he operated for many years. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Carl Mogensen American Legion Post No. 119 of St. Paul and was a longtime member of the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department. Leo enjoyed the outdoors, country life, horses and tinkering around. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mike Buhrman. Memorials are suggested to the family's choice.

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Leo was a good friend, and a nice man. I am sory to hear he has passed. Sympathy to Fran and his family

Ken Castagno Oct 16 2013 9:54 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy to the Buhrman family.May God comfort each of you. Dale Elaine Nowak and family

Jan 12 2013 11:15 AM

I recently had the pleasure of spending a week with Leo. I was amazed by his spirit and his positive energy, even while he suffered. He is one of the reasons I am proud to be a Buhrman. My sympathy to the family.

Chris Buhrman Jan 2 2013 3:19 PM

Danielle Redman Dec 28 2012 1:49 PM

Dear Frances & familiy: I read in the GI Independent of Leo's passing. My sympathy to you and your family. Age is taking its toll in a lot of those our age. I used to visit with Leo infrequently on my visits to St Paul. Perhaps I will see you next year at 60th class reunion if health permits.Paul E Rasmussen, Pendleton, OR gapa1935@live.com

Dec 27 2012 12:00 AM

I became a member of the Buhrman clan in 1979 and blessed with a wonderful family! When Greg and I divorced in 1994, there was no difference in how I was accepted or loved by everyone. We attended the kids games together and all the family gatherings. We remain close friends and family to this day. I love all the Buhrmans and I will miss you Dad. My children will carry you in their hearts forever! We love you!

Carol Dec 26 2012 7:47 PM

Leo was the best neighbor, always had a hello a smile on his face:) he will be deeply missed. God Bless to the family, he cherished each and everyone of you.

Tammy Dec 26 2012 12:12 PM

Sorry to see of Leo's passing, my sympathy to his family and brothers and sisters, one of his cousins in Walnut Creek, CA, LaVonne Reimers Van Veen

Dec 26 2012 9:57 AM

One of my most vivid memories of Leo occurred decades ago at a family Christmas gathering. Santa arrived in our midst to the delight of all of the children. As I peered into Santa's eyes and studied his face I was amazed at the close resemblance he bore to Uncle Leo. More than half a century has passed, but I'll always remember Uncle Leo's eyes looking down at me from behind Santa's beard. This Christmas I can't help but to imagine that Leo has met St. Nicholas face to face...To Aunt Fran and family--a thought from writer Thomas Merton: "God gave us memories so we could have roses in December."Mary Olszowka

Dec 26 2012 9:27 AM

We all loved, and love, Uncle Leo. I will miss him and his characteristic laugh! A great man.....

Phil Wojtalewicz Dec 26 2012 8:43 AM

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