Paul R. Buchner
Paul R. Buchner, 82, of Fond du Lac, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022, at Crossroads Care Center. He was born in Manitowoc on September 26, 1939, to Joseph and Lorraine (Dubey) Buchner. In 1957, Paul joined the US Navy, serving until 1960. On August 19, 1961, he married Sandra L. Hronek in Manitowoc. She preceded him in death on December 2, 2015.
In 1967, Paul moved his family to Fond du Lac for his job at Mercury Marine. He retired in 2002 having worked there 34 years. In 2004, Paul came out of retirement and began working at Badger State Auto Auction where he would drive vehicles for the next 7 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at his favorite place: up north on his ten wooded acres. While there, Paul would always say, “life doesn’t get any better than this.” He was also a member of Eagles Aerie #270 for the previous 17 years.
Survivors include his three children, Tina (Mark) Rabe of Fond du Lac, Todd of Campbellsport, and Chris; his three “honorary” children, Judy and Terry Rentmeister, and Tony (Peggy) Soll; three step grandchildren, Barb (John) Goldapske of Fond du Lac, Shane (Gail) Rabe of Oshkosh, and Amy Jo (Scott) Beck of Ripon; nine step great-grandchildren, Kaden, Hunter, Madysyn and Caleb Goldapske, Landon Rabe, Emmersyn, Brecken and Greysen Beck; four “honorary” grandchildren, Gina (Glenn) Buelow, T.J. (Kelly) Rentmeister, Jacob and Benjamin Soll; five “honorary” great-grandchildren, Logan, Isabella, and Landon Buelow and Lily and Holly Rentmeister; a sister, Sandra (Frank) Demell; and a brother, Thomas (Cathy) Buchner. In addition, he is survived by nieces, nephews, other family, and friends, including his special friends from breakfast at Boda’s and his card club; as well as his special friends from up north, Dick (Barb) Guerts and Ken (Mary) Bernarde.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; a sister and two brothers; a step great-grandson, Dakota Goldapske; and special friend Jack Guell, who loved to go up north with him.
A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home. Military Funeral Honors will be rendered by the US Navy following the gathering. Per Paul’s wishes, a memorial service will not be held. Cremation has taken place.
Paul’s family would like to extend a special thanks to all the nurses from the ICU and 4th Floor at St. Agnes Hospital, the nurses from the 2nd floor of Crossroads Care Center, SSM Health at Home Hospice, and SSM Health Cancer Care.
Services are in the care of Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 North Park Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935. Additional information and guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com