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Dr. James R. Buechler, 76, of Carmel, and formerly of Terre Haute, died at Meadows Manor North, in Terre Haute, on Dec. 25, 2017. He was born on Sept. 4, 1941, in Chicago, to Raymond J. Buechler and Virginia O'Brien Buechler.
The family lived in Marshall, Ill., where Jim graduated from high school in 1959. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology and then attended and graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago Medical School. After his residency, he enlisted in the Navy serving his country in the Vietnam War era. He was discharged early to begin his practice in Marshall. He, along with Frank Shelton, started the Family Practice Center in Terre Haute, which provided a residency program for many doctors over the years. In 1992, he was named director of the Lugar Center for Rural Health that helped provide healthcare to many small, underserved, rural communities.
Dr. Buechler received many prestigious awards during his career. In 1994, he was awarded the Weinbaum Award from the Union Health Foundation; in 2001, the outstanding educator award from the National Rural Health Association; in 2004, an honorary Doctorate of Science from Indiana State University; and the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.
In addition to enjoying his role in the medical profession, Dr. Buechler loved spending time with his grandchildren, his family, and extended circle of friends. He loved animals and raised world champion Paint Horses. He took in every stray animal that happened onto his property. He was an avid golfer and loved watching the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Indianapolis Colts. He was a voracious reader.
Dr. Buechler is survived by his son, Ray Buechler (Maggie Wheeler) of Terre Haute; daughters, Betsy Pennington (Pat) of Carmel and Nancy Buechler (Zach Lance) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; stepdaughter, Michele Truxal of Terre Haute; and grandchildren, Chloe Lance, Riley Pennington, Tyson Pennington, Damian Pennington, Gabby Price, Nick Truxal and Mia Truxal. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Steve Drum; nephew, Larry Drum; and special friend, Anneliese Payne.
He also will be missed by many friends and co-workers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beth; his parents; his sister, Jeanne Drum; and nephew, Matt Drum.
The family would like to thank the staff at Meadows Manor North and Hospice of the Wabash Valley for their compassion during his last days.
A celebration of life will be Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at The Red Barn, 5001 Poplar St,, Terre Haute, from 2 until 5 p.m. The family requests that friends join them at this time for a casual event to celebrate and remember his life. Burial of the ashes will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Terre Haute Humane Society. Online condolences may be sent to:
Published on December 27, 2017
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