Robert Francis Buche, 92, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at home. He was born June 7, 1920, in Lake Andes, SD, to Gus and Catherine Buche and lived his life in South Dakota and Arizona.
After attending Creighton and USD, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy where he piloted lighter-than-air during WWII. He married Dorothy Fritz in 1942, and nine children were born to this union. They lived primarily in Mitchell, SD, where he became president of the GF Buche Co., a family-owned South Dakota business for over 100 years. He retired to Arizona where, following Dorothy’s death, he wed Millie Dowling and indulged his lifelong passion for the game of golf. He maintained his quick wit and treasured being in the company of his wife and children until the end.
Bob is survived by his wife, Millie; his children, Donna (Pat) O’Connell, Spearfish, SD, Robert (Barb) Buche and Laurel Francis, all of Rapid City, SD, Mark (Chris) Buche and Greg (Deb) Buche, all of Mitchell, SD, Jeff (Donna) Buche, Chamberlain, SD, Mary (Bo) Garcia, American Canyon , CA, Jane (Mark) Schwartz, Spearfish, SD, and Brad (Lanett) Buche, Mitchell, SD; stepchildren, Mary (Stanley) Sachau, Phoenix, AZ, Diane Dowling Larson, Buena Park, CA, and Bill Dowling, Phoenix, AZ; 35 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Roby, Theresa Fredericks and Pal Tomford.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and his sister, Jean Ann Graff.
Memorials may be directed to the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center,
PO Box 572, Lake Andes, SD 57356.
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