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“I will miss Jack's warm smile. He was a talented and kind hearted man. ”
1 of 3 | Posted by: Brett Buechele - Muscatine, IA

“With fond memories, may Jack continue to ski the heavenly skies. ”
2 of 3 | Posted by: William Buechele - Shawnee, KS

“Such good memories of Jack and those bricklayer men; Uncle John and my Dad. The pic of Jack is so Buechele. Love it. Much love to all of you. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Joan Emberton - BowlingGreen, KY

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John J. "Jack" Buechele, age 83, of Asbury, was called home peacefully at 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Grand Meadows. To honor Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. To celebrate Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until the time of services at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jack was born on August 17, 1934, in Dubuque, son of John Edward and Esther Frances (Walker) Buechele.

Jack honorably served his country with the U.S. Army after graduating from Loras Academy. Jack was well know for his outstanding work ethic and excelled in the field of masonry for his entire working career, lending his time and talents to several different companies throughout the years. He was very proud of his trade and was a long-time member of both the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union, as well as the Masons Union. When he wasn't working, Jack could be seen out swinging his golf clubs with quiet confidence on a nice day, or occasionally warming up with a few practice throws down his chosen bowling lane for the evening. Jack also had a great love of art and music and was well know as a gifted artist who was able to create unique sculptures from wood, scrap metal, aluminum and even old frying pans. Jack's faith played a primary role in his life and was undeniably held in a position of utmost importance. He faithfully attended mass at the Church of the Resurrection, notably showing up promptly at 6:00 a.m. for the 7:00 a.m. mass. Undeniably though, his greatest free-time passion in this life was skiing, and any type would suffice. His love for skiing began early in life as he and his brother engineered their first pair of skis out of a set of barrel staves found in the family's garage. Jack would eventually discover ski jumping and practiced rigorously until he finally won the state title in the 1950's. He shared his enthusiasm for the slopes as a ski instructor at Sundown Mountain for several years, and was quite proud to be one of the few lifelong members of the Snomad Ski and Board Club who was always able to proclaim his attendance at their inaugural meeting in 1967. Jack was truly blessed to have been given the ability to enjoy both cross country and downhill skiing until the ripe old age of 75. Jack has lived a full and exciting life; riding through a few valleys along the way, but always enjoying the view from the peaks when the moments arrived. We are deeply saddened by the physical departure of our brother, uncle, great uncle and friend, but we do take comfort however in the knowledge that he is now thankfully reunited with all of his Heavenly family and that we can still retain his memories, and tangible visions through his art, until we all meet again.

Those left to cherish Jack's memory include

his siblings,
Barbara (Ray) Morgan, Morven, NC,
Liz (Richard) Robertson,
and Theodore "Ted" (Karen) Buechele, both of Asbury, IA;

and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Carol Buechele, in infancy and Lorraine Buechele; and 3 brothers, Edward Buechele in infancy, Paul "Buddy" Buechele, at age 12, and Eugene "Gene" Buechele.

A John J. "Jack" Buechele memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Jack's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Grand Meadows, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care, patience and compassion.