Clarence L. Buhler stepped into the presence of the Lord, Feb. 16, 2018, at the age of 87 years. He was born on the family farm in the community of Salt Creek near Dallas on Nov. 7, 1930, to parents Cornelius and Martha (Aebi) Buhler. Clarence was one of eight children, seven siblings and a cousin, who were raised on the family dairy farm. He graduated from Dallas High School in 1949.
Clarence attended Oregon State University, but left school to take over the family farm when his father died the day before Clarence’s 20th birthday. He met the love of his life, Jeanne Poole, of Stayton, while she was attending Oregon College of Education in Monmouth. They married June 5, 1954, at Stayton Church of Christ. Together they had five children, Genevieve, Clarence, Robin, Tracy, and Melody.
Clarence and Jeanne turned the dairy farm into a poultry farm, which became an expanding business, and he was named Top Grower numerous times by companies such as Fir Crest, Lynden Farms, and Foster Farms.
Clarence served as a member of the Oregon Fryer Commission, Dallas School Board, Salt Creek Cemetery Board, and as a Deacon at Salt Creek Baptist Church.
He enjoyed life, taking pleasure in small things like ice cream, driving tractor, playing softball, bowling, singing in the church choir, his dogs, traveling and much more. But more important to him were his wife, his kids, his grandkids, his church family, and the Buhler Century Farm. And most important of all, was the God he served. Clarence gave his life to Jesus at a young age, and walks with him today.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul, Harland, and Verne, and sisters Bernice, Ruth, and Elva.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 63 years, his five children Gennie Hoelzer (Norm), Clare Buhler (Twila), Robin Brock (Roger), Tracy Buhler (Barb), Melody Koons (Don), 14 grandchildren and spouses, and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 11am., at Salt Creek Baptist Church. Memorial donations can be sent to Salt Creek Baptist Church Memorial Fund. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center www.dallastribute.com