Joseph H. "Joe" Buettner, 87 years of age of Holdrege

Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph H. Buettner will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Father Thomas Lux officiating. Rosary will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church. Interment will be held at the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege with Military Honors provided by the Martin Horn American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the United States Navy Military Honors Team.

Joseph H. "Joe" Buettner, 87 years of age of Holdrege, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Holdrege Memorial Homes. He was born on November 7, 1925 in Grand Island, Nebraska, one of seven children born to William and Ruth (Howell) Buettner. He attended primary school at District #23 in the Alda Township in Hall County and graduated from Grand Island High School with the class of 1943. Immediately after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, under the wartime Navy's ROTC V-12 program and was sent to Ames, Iowa for training. After obtaining the required number of college credit hours, he was transferred to the Navy's V-5 aviation pilot training program. He learned to fly the Stearman open-cockpit bi-plane at the Naval Aire Station in Norman, Oklahoma and then graduated from Corpus Christi, Texas, where he trained in the North American SNJ, the Navy version of the Army's AT6 Texan airplane.

After World War II came to an end, he received an honorable discharge and returned to college. He enrolled in Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney, Nebraska in 1946 and received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Education in 1948. He was president of the Phi Tau Gamma fraternity and president of the College of Inter-Fraternity Council during his senior year.

After graduation in 1948, he was united in marriage to Jeanette Kinnamon of Wood River, Nebraska. The couple moved to Holdrege, where Joe accepted a 7th and 8th grade mathematics teaching position. Joe eventually became the Algebra I teacher, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. During his 39-year teaching career he coached: Jr. High Football, Track and Basketball; his freshman teams won several conference championships in the Old Southwest Conference. During Joe's last few years of teaching, he was instrumental in the introduction of the first computer, an Apple II, to be used in the Jr. High and later High School literacy courses. In 1980, the Holdrege Board of Education awarded him the annual Master Teacher Award.

Joe was a past president and member of the Holdrege Education Association, member of the Nebraska State Education Association, and served on their Board of Directors, a lifetime member of the National
Education Association, member of the Elk's Hoop Shoot, the American Legion and served on the Parish Council at All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege for many years.

Joe enjoyed sports, especially baseball. He was the president of the Holdrege Baseball, Inc. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete in baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, track, tennis and golf.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette in 2006; daughter, Judy Cox; two brothers: Jerry Buettner and Robert Buettner; four sisters: Jeanne Shedden, Catherine Miner and her husband, Hugh, Beryl Martens and her husband, Walter and Bernadine Kozak and her husband, Milo.

He is survived by his daughters: Susan Langan and her husband, Jack of Omaha, Nebraska and Kathy Osborn and her husband, Greg of Kearney; sons: Michael Buettner, Jeff Buettner and his wife, Stacy, and Chris Buettner and his wife, Teresa all of Holdrege; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Rose Buettner of Cincinnati, Ohio; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

Memorials can be made to the Phelps County Community Foundation, for a scholarship in Joe's name, for students pursuing a career in education or to the donor's choice.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.

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