John Edward Buhrt, 95, passed away on Nov. 21, 2017, at 9:39 a.m. at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Milford.
On April 3, 1949, he married Sarah Ellen Orr in Warsaw. She passed away Sept. 18, 1995. He farmed for 45 years in the Warsaw and Milford area.
John graduated from Milford High School in 1940. He earned his pilot’s license at Wawasee Airport and his grandchildren loved to hear him tell about doing loops and tailspins. He served for eight years on the Kosciusko County Farm Bureau Board, and for two years on the first agricultural committee for Warsaw Community Schools. He was a former member of the Milford Masonic Lodge, 65 year member of the Leesburg Lions Club, and longtime member of the Leesburg United Methodist Church. After retirement, he enjoyed golf at Big Boulder in the Senior Men’s League.
He is survived by two daughters, Ann (Larry) Eberle of Fort Wayne, and Jane (Rex) White of Leesburg; four grandchildren, Tim (Misty) Eberle of Auburn, Monica Eberle of Fort Wayne, Scott White of Indianapolis, and Lucas (Lindsey) White of Chandler AZ; and two great granddaughters and two step great granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and siblings, Lewis Buhrt, Violet Lutes, Florence Nemeth, Mabel Waldbeser, Ray Buhrt, and Robert Buhrt.
Services will be held on Monday, Nov. 27, noon at Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 461 W 900 N, Milford, IN 46542.
Family and friends will be received at the funeral home from 10 a.m. – noon prior to the service on Monday. Burial will follow at Leesburg Cemetery in Leesburg.
Memorial donations may be directed to Leesburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 175, Leesburg, IN, 46538, and the Leesburg Lions Club, 400 Brubaker St., Leesburg, IN 46538.