Dr. William Wagner Buehler of Tampa, FL, and formerly of Hamilton, MA, passed away early Thursday morning, April 15, 2010 where he resided with his wife, Marlyn Irene Buehler. Dr. Buehler, born January 5, 1926 in Reading, PA, son of Harold and Rebecca (Wagner) Buehler, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Buehler grew up in San Pedro, CA where he graduated from San Pedro High School in 1943. After joining the U.S. Navy, Buehler married his high school sweetheart, Marlyn Irene Gibson, on November 2, 1945. Under a WWII education program Buehler attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and finished his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. After WWII he returned to San Pedro, CA, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Southern California, and owned and operated Coover’s Pharmacy for 11 years.
While working full time, Buehler obtained his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. In 1960, after completing seminary, Buehler sold his pharmacy and moved his wife and six children to Switzerland where he studied at the University of Basel. In 1964, Dr. Buehler graduated magna cum laude with the doctor of theology degree, major in New Testament. He was the last American to defend his doctoral dissertation before Karl Barth. Dr. Buehler was Professor of Biblical Studies and Department Chair at Barrington College in Barrington, RI, 1964-1981, and Professor of Biblical Studies and Department Chair at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, 1981-1993. A member of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature, Dr. Buehler was named Emeritus Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies by Gordon College in 1994. A distinguished scholar who believed in the healing power of Jesus Christ, Dr. Buehler was passionate about communicating this message to students.
Dr. Buehler was preceded in death by his only brother, John Harold Buehler and by his son John Harold Buehler, II. He is survived by a wealth of family including his wife of 65 years, Marlyn Irene, and five children: Susan Harvard (John – deceased) of PA, George Buehler of CA, Marlie Buehler of NY, Rebecca Kohler (Geoffrey) and Laurie Buehler of FL. He is survived by five grandchildren, two grandsons-in-law, four great grandchildren, and by his sister Mary Buehler Jones (John) of CA, as well.
A memorial service will be held in Dr. Buehler’s honor on May 22nd at 10:30am at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, FL. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Abundant Waters, 400 West 43rd Street, #36G, New York, New York 10036, a not-for-profit after school program for underprivileged children founded and operated by Marlie Buehler.