Michael Buxbaum
Murphy Funeral Homes
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Arlington, VA
Buxbaum, Micheal L.

Command Sergeant Major (U.S. Army, retired) Micheal L. Buxbaum, passed away in his sleep on Nov. 9, 2013, while in Afghanistan, where he was working as a contractor supporting deployed soldiers, his lifelong calling.

Mike was born Dec. 31, 1959, to Don and Barbara Buxbaum of Manitowoc, WI. He spent his childhood and formative years in Wisconsin., where he spent time with his family, and particularly enjoyed fishing at Tomahawk with his father. He was an avid wrestler in school and loved having fun with his wrestling buddies. After graduating from Lincoln High School's Class of 1978, he entered the Army under the buddy system with his best friend, Dale Hietpas.

In 1982, Mike married the love of his life, Roberta Reiter Buxbaum (Bobby), and they shared a long and happy marriage full of worldwide adventures and a love for Harley Davidson that was never more evident than by their regular participation in the American Legion Legacy Ride. Together, and with great joy, they raised two wonderful daughters, Katie and Christina, of whom Mike was an incredibly proud father.

Mike served his country with distinction for 33 years. Achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major, Mike was stationed throughout the United States and overseas during his career. He served in virtually every leadership position in the Army, from Team Leader to Brigade CSM. He deployed to hostile locations multiple times with combat tours in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the early 1990s, Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 in 2003, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007. He was also deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo in the late 1990s. He retired in June 2012, as the 10th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Most recently he was employed by Exelis Systems Corporation, a defense services company supporting U. S. Forces. All who had the privilege to know and work with Mike knew him as a passionate advocate for the Army, his soldiers, and Corps of Engineers civilians, a legacy that will live on in the people he touched and mentored throughout his life.

Mike is also survived by his parents, Don and Barbara Buxbaum of Wisconsin; sisters and brothers-in-law Susan and Scott Esson, and JoAnn and Joe Hall, and sister, Kathy Buxbaum Williams, all of Wisconsin; sister-in-law Cyndi Sanford of California and brother-in-law, Ron Reiter of Indiana; many nieces and nephews; his loyal pet Breacher; and all of his Army friends and family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Legion Legacy Fund, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, are appreciated. Please indicate, "In memory of CSM Micheal L. Buxbaum" in the check memo line.

Published by Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Nov. 17, 2013.
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My condolences to a beautiful family. I was among many NCO's that served in the 41st Engineer Battalion (Sappers Forward!!) under Mike's genuine leadership. By far one of the kindest opened hearted people serving in uniform, I have served with. Also, I had the privilege of serving again with Mike in Hanau, Germany with the 130th Engineer Brigade. Prior to his taking over as CSM of the 130th Engineers, I crossed paths with Mike once more but this time in Tikrit, Iraq. I was met with a strong handshake and hug and a fancy meeting you here Sergeant. I will always remember him smiling and having a coffee mug. Always remembered never forgotten Command Sergeant Major, your a beautiful person and it was more than an honor to have met you.
Marlon Carrington
November 11, 2017
Today it is 8 months since you went home to Heaven. There isn't a day that goes by you are not missed and talked about. Love you son
July 9, 2014
We'll this is the first Memorial Day that I will need to take care of your grave. For years I have done it here at home for all the family, but you are as far way. I can't visit you but. you will be I my heart as always. Love you son and miss you.
May 23, 2014
I knew mike while serving with him in hanau Germany delta co. 23rd engr. He inspired me to become a strong nco and will never forget that. Hoo rah delta dawgs you will be missed
jeff madison
March 22, 2014
Miss you everday son.
February 26, 2014
Miss you everyday son.
February 26, 2014
I am truly sorry for your loss and all of my best are with you and your family duering this time
Damon Knarr MAJ, USA
February 25, 2014
Of all the soldiers that my husband had the privilege to work alongside, Mike was #1. We shared a lot of life together and we will miss our longtime friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby, the girls, and all of Mike's family. He was such a great example to so many. We are richer in our lives for having known him! Margene and 1st Sgt (Ret) Phil Benton.
February 8, 2014
Not a day goes by that I don't miss you, think about you, or tell someone about you. Love you so much!
January 31, 2014
My husband and I were better off for having known you. Thank you for all the fun and joy you brought to all our lives. Much thanks and love sent your way for making sure my husband was always taken care of in Germany. Rest In Peace, our dear friend. Our thoughts are with your family now. We will forever remember you with a big smile.
Anne-Marie Irish
January 28, 2014
You did good, your family is having a great time in Diseny. Miss you son. Love you
January 23, 2014
Not a day goes by that you aren't thought of.
January 22, 2014
Miss you everyday Mike.
January 21, 2014
Still miss you every day!
January 9, 2014
Today is two months that you left us. Miss you everyday.
Barbara Buxbaum
January 9, 2014
I knew Mike for many years serving on and off in the same units. Always upbeat and friendly he had that geuine concern for his soldiers. I remember in 2003 while the 299th was bridging the euphrates under fire, Mike showed up with a reefer van full of ice cream and asked me if i wanted to help distribute to the troops when they finished the bridge. That moment was so sureal but typical Mike, doing anything he could for all soldiers. I will miss my friend and to his family my sincere condolences.
Barry Hamilton (CSM) (RET)
Barry Hamilton
January 6, 2014
Buxbaum family, may you find strength during this difficult time. We suffer a great loss; Mike - Command Sergeant Major Michael Buxbaum will not be forgotten. I cherish the time he spent leading and mentoring me while serving our nation. Rest in peace.
Sean Connor
December 8, 2013
I miss you my son. Love always Mom
December 1, 2013
CSM Buxbaum, you were a man of integrity, compassion, and honesty. I am proud to have had the privilege of serving with you, if only for a short time. You will be remembered as a mentor in leadership, and will be truly missed by all whose lives you have touched. Prayers and condolences to your family as they grieve your untimely passing.
Tracy Wydeck
November 29, 2013
DAVID Bourdage
November 27, 2013
You taught me to be a better Soldier and your door was always open. My wife and I will truely miss you! I was proud to be one of your NCOs in 41st Engineers, Ft Drum. You were the best CSM I had the privilege to work with.
Stephen Wilson (Army Retired)
November 27, 2013
I miss you every day.
November 26, 2013
I'm still struggling with the realization that you are gone, and think of you every day.
November 26, 2013
Thinking of you today. Love you always.
November 23, 2013
Even though I did not know you very well all of us that served will always be Brothers.May God comfort and watch over your loved ones.
November 20, 2013
Dear Bobby and Girls. We are so sorry for your loss and trust God's grace on you all during this time of difficulty. If there is any thing Chapter 3 can help you with let us know. Sincerely, Dave Schuppert
November 20, 2013
Barbara and Donny, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kay Lynn and Randy Bauer
November 20, 2013
Mike was as sharp as a razor when he was a Staff Sergeant in Delta Co. 23rd Engineer Battalion (Hanau, Germany). It was apparent then that he was destined for great things in the Army! I'm glad to have known and served with him. "Dawgs of War"
Walter Williams
November 20, 2013
In 10th grade Mike & I decided to walk together at graduation. Even though we drifted apart we kept our promise and walked together at graduation. You left us way to soon. R.I.P. Mike
Mark Nickels
November 19, 2013
I attended junior high and high school with Mike and we all owe a debt to him and others who serve our country. I am grateful to have known him many years ago. God Bless his family and keep his memory.
Rob Sieracki
November 19, 2013
My son you will live in my heart until we met again. Say hi to grandma and grandpa for me, Love you Mom
November 19, 2013
It was an Honor to have CSM Buxbaum as my CSM in the 54th EN BN & 130th EN BDE, Great man and Leader. my heart and prayers goes out to the Buxbaum Family.
SFC(RET) Patrick Lum
November 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family & friends. I grew up with Mike in the neighborhood of Park Plaza. It was great to have talked with him and catch up with our lives at a class reunion a few years ago. It's an honor he dedicated his career to serve our Country. God Bless You.
Jane Ludka-Villeneuve
November 19, 2013
Expressing our sympathy and prayers to the family of Michael. Special condolences to Donald who was a classmate of mine. We spent much time together during and after school. It's always hard to lose a family member but God has a way of helping you through these hard times. Trust and believe in the Lord our Saviour.
Charlett & Chris Wiegand
November 18, 2013
don&barb i am so sorry to here of mikes passing. jeff muhowski
November 18, 2013
Great Man and Soldier!!!
It was honor to have served with him in Germany(D Co 23rd Eng Bn)and Desert Storm/Shield

Hubert F. Sutton Jr.
November 18, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Walter Carter
November 18, 2013
Sue and family...You have our deepest sympathy in this time of such a great loss!!Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dan and Vickie Neuser
November 17, 2013
Mike, I will never forget you
Jon Banks
November 17, 2013
All of Mike's ALR, Chapter 3 comrades are shocked and saddened by the news of his death. We only new him for a short while but he was every bit a soldier's soldier and he will be fondly remembered and missed by all of us. Bobbie, please let us know if we can be of any service to you and your girls during this painful period of sorrow.
Roy Shelton,Colonel USMC
ALR Chapter 3
Roy Shelton
November 17, 2013
Bobbi, Katie and Christina,
We were so very saddened to hear of Mike's sudden passing. Please know that we are praying for your peace and strength as you weather this very difficult time. We will remember you all and our good times in Germany.

Debbie, Vic, Kate and Jack Maccagnan
Debbie Maccagnan
November 17, 2013
Mike was a good man, I was a squad leader under him when he was a plt sgt in Germany . he will be missed
dave oswalt
November 17, 2013
Very saddened by the news of Mike's untimely passing, and for the pain your family must now feel and endure for now and always. I got to know Mike when he joined the American Legion Riders, Chapter 3 and we rode the SC 2013 Legacy ride together. I know he felt very strongly about that fund raiser, as you know to expect of any good CSM to worry about his soldiers and their families. He is a loss to all of us. He will now lie with those other heroes who kept this nation safe. With deepest regrets, but in celebration of a man who kept faith with his Duty, Honor, God, and Country.
David Colvin, MSG USAR (RET)
ALR Chapter 3.
November 17, 2013
Deepest sympathy from an old USMC friend with Task Force Hope in NOLA. Worked with the CSM a couple of years ago, right after the American Legion National Convention in Minneaoplis. May he R.I.P. He will be missed.
Michael D. (Mike) Smith
November 17, 2013
Our time with Mike was short but in the brief span we rode with him, we were inspired by his leadership, humility, quick smile and commitment to riding, veterans and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls Bobbie. We will honor his memory as we continue to carry the torch for the Legacy Fund. Keep us informed of the arrangements at Arlington. [for the American Legion Riders, Chapter 3, Greenville, SC]
Jeff Hix
November 17, 2013
From Priscilla and Max. We are so honored to be your freinds. What a beautiful wonderful family you are. It is our gain to have known you and Mike. We are VERY heartbroken. God Bless
Max Noah
November 17, 2013
Thank you, Mike, for all the years of service and dedication you gave our country. You were a great cousin and I always thought a lot of you. Not long ago I was telling somebody about the cousin I have who used to eat dry dog food with water (or was it with milk?) for breakfast. I laughed at the memory. Rest in peace. God Bless.
November 17, 2013
Deepest sympathies and condolences to Bobby and Mike's family during these sad times. It was an honor to know Mike and call him a friend and spend the time with him on the Legacy Run as he hung out with us from the Wisconsin AmericanLegionRiders ! Memories that will be held close to heart. Mike was a good friend, husband and father as well as a soldier who served his country with true valor. He will be missed by all.
Kristen Schmitz & Todd Nofsinger
November 17, 2013
Don and Barb, My wife and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to both of you in the lose of your son Michael. I know how proud you both were in Michael. Michael served his country with great valor and courage. I will remember him as a great person, husband and family man.
Edward & Donna Kohls
November 17, 2013
Deepest sympathy and condolences to Bobby and Mike's family. Mike was a great friend to the American Legion Riders, Post 177 and we'll miss him greatly.
Brad & Pam Watkins
November 16, 2013
Thanks for the friendship Mike. Always remembered and never forgotten brother. Peace be with your family.
A husband, father, soldier, leader, friend, mentor, rider, comrade in arms, and a man of his word. I will miss you friend. God bless.
CSM Steve Ridenour
November 16, 2013
In honor of a great Soldier and Leader, who taught us all about what it means to serve.

Andrew and Beth Nelson
November 16, 2013
How proud you can be for all that Mike accomplished and the wonderful legacy that he has in his Book of Life.
He and our Dale had a special bond.
Our Deepest Sympathy to all the family.
Jerry and Carol Hietpas
November 16, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the family in your loss. I had often thought of Mike over the years and wondered how he was doing. I went through school with him and lived down the road on 35th St towards Viebahn from the family. Mike was always such a warm and compassionate person. It does not surprise me at how he dedicated his life for our country. What an honor it was to know him. May you rest in peace Mike.
Sue (Place) Komorosky
November 16, 2013
We will miss you Mikey put in a good word for me.always Uncle Jerry
Jerome Wesolowski
November 16, 2013
Kathy, you and your family are in my prayers. I enjoyed Mike's sense of humor and his committment to serving our country. Knowcthatvhe was loved and appreciated by many. Warmly, Anne Bouffard Bern
Anne Bern
November 15, 2013
Kathy and family, it is with deep sympathy that I pray with you on the loss of your brother, husband, father, son, uncle and friend. What a loss to not only your family, but also to our country. My heart hugs yours tightly over the weeks, months and years to come. Continued prayers for your healing, comfort and understanding. I guess it was time that God needed him more.
Mary Kunkel
November 15, 2013
Thank you CSM for being a part of my life and my Soldiers lives, you were an unmovable rock in a fast flowing river that we could always hold onto. I pray for you family and that someday when we meet again I can thank you in person for what you did for so many of us.
Gerald Miller
November 15, 2013
Thank you Mike, for your service to our nation. May you rest in peace, knowing your family and friends will keep you in their thoughts and prayers. Godspeed
Phil Hoffman
November 15, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Mariel Grimes
November 15, 2013
I love you and will cherish our memories until we see each other again!
Kathy Buxbaum-williams
November 15, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Randy French
November 15, 2013
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