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Buehler, John Alan

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John Alan Buehler DDS, age 63, passed away in the early morning hours unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 30 after his morning run. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family.

John was born in Peoria, Ill., on March 20, 1944 to Everett and Naomi Buehler. He attended Spalding High School where he excelled in athletics. He was the quarterback for the football team in addition to playing basketball. He attended Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., for undergraduate and dental school. It was at Loyola where John met Kathleen Marie Kennedy, whom he married June 15, 1968.

They remained inseparable for 39 years of marriage.



John and Kathy moved overseas to Germany where he was stationed as a major in the U.S. Army. It was there that they started their family in 1970 with Sean, followed in 1973 with Brian. It was in Germany where they first fell in love with skiing and the mountains. John and Kathy returned to the U.S. in 1973 and moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where John completed a pediatric dental residency.

In 1975 John moved his family to Reno, Nev., to start his dental practice. He said it was his dream, dating back to a childhood visit to Lake Tahoe, to raise his family in Reno. He practiced pediatric dentistry in Reno for 17 years. He then returned to general dentistry with his Caughlin Ranch practice until his passing. His passion for serving others and the shared conversations with patients he considered friends, were among the great joys he experienced in his dental career.



John had a profound love of the outdoors and was very active in experiencing all that it could offer. Some hobbies include camping, waterskiing, motorcycling, hiking, and hunting (especially Christmas tree hunting). An avid runner, John would jog every morning with Kathy. He loved many things in life, especially snow skiing and boating in Lake Tahoe. Every moment of his time away from his dental practice in summer was spent at Obexers Marina in Lake Tahoe, and every winter he would ski with his friends and family at Homewood. Lake Tahoe was a second home to John and Kathy and he enjoyed sharing its’ simple pleasures with others. Many people will miss the sight of him jogging along the lake with his wife at his side. The joy and laughter he shared with everyone will be dearly missed but not forgotten. He was always happy with a nice dinner and some great red wine if he could share it with his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife Kathy; his son Sean and his wife, Camille; his son Brian and his wife, Carrie; and his three grandchildren Lily, Jon, and Claire. He was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Naomi and his sister Bonnie.


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