Howard Pierre Buchenberger was born on July 30, 1922, in Milwaukee, WI and passed away in Fresno on Friday, July 11, 2014, two weeks before his 92 year birthday. Growing up in Milwaukee, Howard graduated from North Division High School in 1940. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1947, from the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he was track captain, chairman of the social committee and prom king. He was on the cross-country team and joined Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He earned his Master's Degree in 1950, from University of Madison, Wisconsin. Howard joined the United States Army Reserve in October of 1942. He was called to active duty in March of 1943. He was sent to Hammer Field in Fresno where he later made his home while he waited for his army assignment. The army service sent him to Scotland, England and Germany during the war. He was honorably discharged in January of 1946. Howard and Lois moved to California in 1956, and made Fresno their home since 1966. Howard retired from banking after more than 33 years, and taught night business classes at both Pasadena City College as well as Fresno City College. After retiring from banking, he became a substitute teacher for the Fresno Unified and Clovis Unified School Districts teaching all subjects. He enjoyed working with people and didn't fully retire until he was 78. Howard was an active member of Saint Paul Newman Catholic Center and later a parishioner of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He was an avid runner, loved to swim and remained active in his later life by walking. He ran the Boston Marathon at age 56. He loved people and touched many hearts. He will be truly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Geneva Buchenberger; and his sister, Jean Gumm. He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Lois Buchenberger, of Fresno; his daughters, Laura Ceja and her husband Paul of Santa Maria, Lesley Fairburn and her husband Kevin of Clovis, and Julie Klassen of Irvine; and his son, David Buchenberger of Fresno. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Paul Ceja, Nicole Lima, Ashley and Brittney Fairburn; and eight great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns and Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048
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Published in the Fresno Bee on July 22, 2014