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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Gary Buechler

Gary Lee Buechler

Sunday, September 13th, 1942 - Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
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Our loving dad and papa, Gary Lee Buechler went to heaven on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the age of 76. He was born in Billings, Montana to Laura (Palmer) Buechler and Arthur Buechler. He went to Billings Senior High and graduated in 1960. He wed Carol Grooters in 1963. They were married for 26 years. After high school, he joined the Montana Army National Guard and proudly served as 1st Staff Sergeant for 39 years. Gary worked at W. W. Grainger and retired after 39 years. He was a member of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Reserve for 16 years and a member of the Beartooth Ski Patrol in Red Lodge for 12 years. Gary was a member of the Moose Lodge #558, Elks Lodge #394, and the Hoedowners Square Dance Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling with his family. He loved spending time with family and friends. His smile and sense of humor always brightened the room and we will cherish the memories forever.
Gary is survived by his daughters Amy Baker (Steve), Emily Auer (Ryan); his grandchildren Thomas, Tyler, Reagan, and Remington; longtime friend Jeanie Gabel, numerous cousins, dear friends and family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 12 from 4-7 pm at Smith West Chapel at 304 34th Street West in Billings. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 10 am with visitation beginning at 9 am. Reception to immediately follow and then interment with military honors will take place at 1 pm at Yellowstone National Cemetery at 55 Buffalo Trail Road in Laurel. Condolences may be shared online at www.smithfuneralchapels.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 12th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, August 12th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Smith West Chapel
    Address
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Smith West Chapel
    Address
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Smith West Chapel
    Address
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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    Officiant
    Richard Vettel Becker
  • Interment

    Location
    Yellowstone National Cemetery
    Address
    55 Buffalo Hill Trail
    LAUREL, MT
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    Interment with Military Honors at 1 pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Reception

    Location
    Smith West Chapel
    Address
    304 34th Street West
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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    Immediately following the Funeral Service

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Diane Zoulek

Posted at 10:28am
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Kassie Kramer

Posted at 10:09pm
I never met Amy’s dad, but I can tell you that if Amy is even half of the person he was, he must have been an amazing man. Mr. Buechler’s generosity, kindness, and intentionality to make others feel special live on through her. What a legacy this man has. My deepest condolence goes out to all of you.
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Shellie Grooters Miner

Posted at 12:15pm
I will always have happy memories of my Uncle Gary. Always happy, always smiling, always there to help my family no matter how big or how small the favor. I have happy memories of hiking, camping and fishing at Mystic Lake and taking the boat ride with Gary to the camp. And happy memories of the chokecherries that he gathered and shared in the summers. I am so thankful to have had Uncle Gary in my life when my brother and I were growing up. Gary was an outstanding Dad and Papa and Uncle who was loved by everyone who knew him. Godspeed Gary, you will be dearly missed.

Steve Serfazo

Posted at 04:47am
When I was 10 I do believe or 9 somewhere in there but we went on a camping trip. first night camp fire we sat and watch the sky and looking for UFOs and whatnot I got tired pretty early and went to sleep and then in the morning Gary and I were the first ones up got the camp fire going and he explained to me that I fell asleep and missed the biggest thing. This huge light slowly went across the entire sky right after I fell asleep. His smile grew as I became more and more jealous and excited. later on found out he was just talking about the moon always a prankster. He taught me a lot about how to treat people most importantly friends and family with love, understanding, respect, and a good dose of friendly fire humor. I can only hope he knew how much he meant to me.
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