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Otto Buchhorn 1914-1981


Otto Buchhorn, 67, of Rt. 7, died at 7:52 a.m. on July 28, 1981 at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

A native of Walberg, Texas, (born Feb. 22, 1914) he was a son of John and Mary Jacobeck Buchhorn and a graduate of Concordia Teachers College in Texas.

He was an active farmer, member and president of the congregation of St. Peter Lutheran Church, and coach and adviser to the church's Walther League. A well known sports enthusiast, he had been scorekeeper for Decker High School and rarely missed a Decker or South Knox basketball game.

A retired teacher, he had continued to substitute in Knox County schools. His last full-time position was at Washington High School, teaching German for 10 years. He was teacher and principal during his 39 years tenure at St. Peter Lutheran School.

Survivors include his wife, Lucile Rehwald Buchhorn; a son, John E. Buchhorn of Vincennes; a daughter, Phyllis Dardeen of Vincennes; five grandchildren; brothers, Martin Buchhorn of Georgetown, Texas, and Arnold and Edgar Buchhorn, both of Walberg, Texas; and a sister Louise Nertink of Walberg, Texas.

The funeral was at St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. James F. Kramer officiated with Bernice Schenk as organist. Pallbearers were John Laue, Charles Rehwald, Paul R. Rehwald, Bryan Reitmeyer, Michael Vochum and John Schubert.

Memorial donations may be given to St. Peter Church or its school or its PTL organization.


From the 1970 & 1971 WHS Yearbooks: Otto Buchhorn; German, Sponsor of German Club, Social Studies,

Oakland City College B.A.