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Fred Carl Buhler
  • Friendship Village of Kalamazoo
    c/o Ken Greschak, Director of Fund Development
    1400 N. Drake Rd.
    Kalamazoo, MI 49006

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“Dear Buhler Family,My son, Louie Melluish, received the Fred Buhler award from the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center back in 2018. While we...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Patty Hoch-Melluish - Marshall, MI

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I grew to know Fred when he ignited a progressive initiative in Calhoun County known as Communities In Schools - or...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Leslie McCarley - Toronto, ON

“Dear Doug, Dave, Judy and families,My thoughts are with you as you mourn, cherish, and honor your extraordinary dad. His was certainly a life well...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Cheryl Martin - Kalamazoo, MI

“Doug, David and Judy,We were sad to learn of your Dad's passing and extend our sympathy to you and your families. Your parents were one of the first...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Carolyn Harvey - Battle Creek, MI

“Judy, So very sorry for your loss. My thought’s and prayer’s are with you and your family. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Kim (Hammer) Gibson - Friend

“Judy, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and yours have my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Lynn (Siddall) Toornman - Friend

“So very sorry about your loss. Thinking about all of you. What a kind man he was!!! Jeanne & BJ Lillibridge ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Jeanne Lillibridge

“I met Fred when he was a volunteer at the Community foundation. He was very impressive. Well organized and easy to work with. I felt a special...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: David Schweitzer - Battle Creek, MI

“David and Lori so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Kalli Inman - Richland, MI

“Fortunate to have worked closely with Fred on the civic push to establish the Battle Creek Science-Math Center. A classy guy who knew how to work...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: James Richmond - Battle Creel, MI

“Dear Family,My Family and I were deeply saddened to hear of Fred's passing. We spent a great deal of time with Fred when he and my Gram, Arlene...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Kari Hoikka - Kalamazoo, MI

“Fred was a true servant leader of highest integrity. A deeply caring, compassionate person who inspired others to get things done by his example. I...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Chris Smith - Delton, MI - Friend

“My condolences to the family. As former Director of the math and Science Center, I worked with Fred over the years. His dedication and leadership...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Connie Duncan - Battle Creek, MI

“Our condolences and prayers to the entire family. Fred was a special man with a lasting legacy of faith, family and community. - The James Mobley...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Robert W Mobley

“My condolences to the family. Fred had a very succesful life. We were table mates at Friendship Village for 5 years. He had q remarkable tolerance...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: william Schreiber - kalamazoo, MI

“I had the pleasure of being Fred’s barber for many years.I will miss our visits. Rest In Peace Fred.Lynn Chaffin ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Lynn Chaffin - Friend


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Fred Carl Buhler, age 88 of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away peacefully on March 9, 2021 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo from complications due to head trauma related to a series of falls. He was born in Flint, Michigan on March 1, 1933 to parents who immigrated from Germany in the 1920's to escape the devastation of World War I. He admitted to having a surprisingly happy childhood during the depths of the Great Depression, hanging out with his extensive extended family. Fred graduated from Flint Tech high school in 1951, received his BBA in 1955 and MBA in 1956 from the University of Michigan School of Business.

After graduation, Fred entered the United States Navy, receiving a commission from Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island in 1956 and went on to graduate from Naval Supply Corp School in Athens, Georgia in 1957. He served three years in the Navy with the majority of his time spent in the Philippine Islands. He also spent years in the Naval Reserve after leaving the active- duty Navy.

Upon return to the United States, Fred joined the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan as a research analyst in the market research department. He was employed at Kellogg's for 33 years. During that time, he became Director of Consumer Research and was named as Assistant to the President in 1971. In 1975, he was named a Vice President and held leadership positions in corporate planning, product research, scientific affairs, and corporate development. At the time of his retirement in 1993 he was Vice President, Assistant to the Chairman.

During his working career Fred was active in community affairs. Starting in 1977 he served in various positions in the United Way of Greater Battle Creek and was named as its president for the 1980 campaign.

After his retirement he devoted his time to volunteer work. Fred chaired the Economic Development Forum of Calhoun County, served on the board of trustees at Starr Commonwealth and the Battle Creek Community Foundation. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center. For his volunteer work he received the 1994 George Award from the Battle Creek Enquirer and in 1999 was inducted into the Battle Creek Volunteer and Information Services Volunteer Hall of Fame.

In his free time, Fred enjoyed travel, golf, fishing, reading, downhill skiing, and had a curious interest in photographing small birds.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Ann (Wehrli) Buhler. He is survived by his three children, Douglas Christian (Janis) Buhler, David Scott (Lori) Buhler, Judy Lynne (Edwin) Wier; six grandchildren, Dana Buhler (Erik) Hensel, Amanda Leigh (Chad) Hughes, Lisa Nicole Buhler, Kelley Elizabeth (Jack) Stearns, Allison Rae Wier, Benjamin David Wier; and five great-grandchildren, Brody David Hayes, Jackson James Hughes, Ethan Douglas Hensel, Finley Marie Hensel, and Troy Mitchell Hughes.

Fred will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery alongside his wife Dorothy in a private family gathering. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Village of Kalamazoo, c/o Ken Greschak, Director of Fund Development, 1400 N. Drake Rd., Kalamazoo MI 49006. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.