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Mr. Merton Buchholtz

August 21, 1921 — May 5, 2015

WATERFORD – Mr. Merton E. Buchholtz, age 93, of Waterford, passed away unexpectedly with his loving family by his side on May 5, 2015 at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee.

He was born on August 21, 1921, in Waterford, WI, the son of Martin and Gertrude (nee. Johnson) Buchholtz. He graduated from Waterford High School.

On August 30, 1952, he was united in marriage to Carol Damerow at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and lifelong resident in the Town of Waterford. He devoted his life to the children and working on the family dairy farm.

Merton was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, which included an overseas tour in Germany and Czechoslovakia. He was a sharpshooter, earning a Bronze Star. He was also a member of Waterford’s American Legion Post 20. A highlight of his senior years included a trip to Washington DC on the Honor Flight, visiting the national war memorial and other historic sites. He enjoyed talking about the trip and proudly wore his jacket and cap.
Merton was a lifelong farmer, early in life working on Deak’s Sod Farm, and later taking over the homestead farm. He milked cows well into his retirement years. Mert was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman who enjoyed deer hunting on the family land, as well as many trips up north and out west to Montana and Colorado. As a young man, he spent hours with Herb Foat maintaining a trap line on the Fox River. He was a collector of Native American Indian arrows. In the winter months, he enjoyed snowmobiling. He had a passion for woodcutting, heating the home for many years after retirement by sawing, splitting, and stacking wood.

In his later years he also enjoyed driving the grandchildren around the local area, stopping by neighbors and sharing good times. He genuinely enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also spent a lot of time on his four wheeler, driving around the land, looking for deer, turkeys, and admiring the new generation farmers who continue the tradition. Merton will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He shared a lot of local historic knowledge that friends and neighbors enjoyed listening to.

Surviving are his Wife of 62 years: Carol; Children: Sandy Senft, William (Stephanie), Sarah, Dale (Janet); Grandchildren: Beth (Todd) Morawetz, Becky (Jon) Arneson of Maple Plains, MN, Breanne (Klay) Schultz, Andrew, Joshua, Matthew, Carrie, Derik Chapman, Cassandra (Steve) Fischer and Kaitlyn; Great-Grandchildren: Gavin, Jack, Taylor, Jake, Megan, Desi, DJ, JJ, Brooke, Reid, Rylie, Allie, Tenlie, Alaina, Alejandro, Mariela, Madison, Kylie and Andrew and Casey; Brother: Fritz; Sister: Lois Marie; Sister-in-law: Eileen(Larry) Woyach.

He was preceded in death by Son: David; Sisters: Janet Gunderson and Eunice Dahm, and Son-in-law: Floyd Senft.

Visitation will take place on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 145 S. Sixth St., Waterford, WI. Service will begin at 6:00 pm. with Pastor Joshua Conradt officiating. A light luncheon will follow after the service. In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Merton’s name. Mealy Funeral Home, Inc. Waterford, Wisconsin 262-534-2233 www.mealyfuneralhome.com
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Friday, May 8, 2015

4:00 - 5:45 pm (Central time)

St. Peter's Lutheran Church

S. 6th Street, Waterford, WI 53185

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Friday, May 8, 2015

6:00 - 6:35 pm (Central time)

St. Peter's Lutheran Church

S. 6th Street, Waterford, WI 53185

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