Donald Frederick Buhle, Sr. of Glen Ellyn passed away valiantly on January 9, 2019 after several medical challenges.
Don was born on April 27, 1937 in Chicago to George Henry Buhle and Josephine Verna (née Eikel) Buhle and was a brother to George, Shirley and Patricia Buhle. In addition to his parents and siblings, Don was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Mary Ann in 2017, as well as their daughter Nancy in 2016.
After graduating from Rich East High School in Park Forest in 1955, Don served in the US Army from 1957-59 as part of the Military Police. He met the love of his life Mary Ann Gergel, and Don and Mary Ann were married on October 1st, 1960.
Don worked for many years at Illinois Bell and Ameritech Cellular and later in life became a successful real estate broker. Don was awarded the AT&T Vail Medal in 1961 after climbing through a tangle of downed power lines to pull an accident victim from his car and successfully administering CPR.
Don and Mary Ann had four children: Nancy, Leslie, Donald and Gary. They are survived by their daughter Leslie (Johnson), her husband Brad and their children Henry and William; their son Donald, his wife Cathy and their children Anna and Eric; their son Gary, his wife Michelle and their twins Amelia and Natalie; their son-in-law Dave Weinstein, his wife Penny and their children David (Kate), Danny (Caitlyn), Matthew and Nicole as well as one great-grandchild Jackson (Danny and Caitlyn).
Don was a loyal husband, incredible father, amazing grandpa and good friend. He lived a full and happy life, centered around his family and work. His great optimism and good cheer inspired everyone he met. Don and Mary Ann are greatly missed by their family and many, many friends.
Also, the Family appreciates so many kind thoughts and prayers, and in Don’s memory, suggests that all seniors and military veterans remember to request the appropriate recognition and discount everywhere it could possibly apply!
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