Robert F. Buche


June 7, 1920 - March 22, 2013


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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To Be Announced


Thursday, April 4, 2013
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Services
Black Hills National Cemetery
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 2:30 PM
Sturgis, South Dakota

Posted by linda kruse on October 15, 2013
just found this online, I am happy to know he lived a long and prosperous life, he certainly did have a winning personality I had to have alot of clothes made as I was so little, and Buches is where I got alot of the material, I remembered him rushing around the store with a pencil in his mouth,also , know him as his son, Robert was the greenest freshman with me, my father died at 68, and my mom died in 1995 in her 70s........Bob Buche was blessed with a long, and full life. I am here in Brooklyn Park, MN and did not even know about the class reunion last month. I am fortunate I went online tonight and was curious about my hometown. by word of mouth Robert, my phone number is 763-503-4878 if any of my classmates ask......but my thoughts are of your loss, sympathy linda kruse
Posted by Liz Langenfeld on June 6, 2013
My thoughts are with all of the Buches. I'm grateful for all he did for me. I have fond memories of going out to the Lake and staying on the boat...big hugs to all of you.
Posted by Paula (Venables) Larson on April 3, 2013
Jane, Brad & Lanett, Mark & Chris and family,
May the spirit of your father live within all of you. May you find peace and joy in all the memories that you shared with him.
God Bless you all.
Posted by Kelly Hills on April 3, 2013
Jane and family, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I remember him with fondness. Peace be with you in this time of great loss.
Posted by Mary (Brady) Schaefer on April 2, 2013
Jane and family...keeping you in my prayers during this time of loss and emptiness.
Posted by Steve and Darla Jones, Rapid City on April 2, 2013
Our sincere condolences to all of Bob's family, especially Laurel. We enjoyed all the fun stories Laurel always had and shared about her dad and wish you all comfort knowing he is resting peacefully.
Posted by Kevin and Kay O'Connell and Family on April 1, 2013
Our heartfelt condolences to sister-in-law and aunt Donna and her brothers and sisters on Bob's passing. In his honor a memorial is sent to to the Native American Women's HERC. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Diane Suhr on March 28, 2013
My thoughts and prayers to the Buche family. You have my deepest sympathy.
Posted by lori and randy deibert on March 27, 2013
such great childhood memories of the Buche's hospitality growing up in Mitchell. life is such a blend of love and loss, but love is always stronger. wishing you peace and comfort at this sad time.
lori (underhill) deibert
Posted by Ted and Susan Wolk on March 27, 2013
Bob and Barb;

Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Ted and Susan
Posted by A VETERAN on March 26, 2013
Posted by Kenny & Arbutus Hanson on March 26, 2013
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. We have many good memories of Bob, all of you children, and the G.Buche Co..
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