Loyd R. "Pete" Buchert

Loyd R. "Pete" Buchert, age 92, of Philip, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were held Wednesday, April 6, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Pat Krogan, pianist, and Glenn Parsons, vocalist. Ushers were Rick King, Ed Morgan and Bill Buls. Pallbearers were Arthur McIlravy, Jerry Patterson, Bob Baye, Bill Manke, Fuddy Hansen and Todd O’Connor.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Philip. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of the arrangements.

Loyd R. "Pete" Buchert was born in rural Lyon County, MN, near Marshall, on May 11, 1912, the son of Oscar Buchert, Sr. and Ella (Dahlquist) Buchert. He helped on the family farm and later set out on his own to farm, do custom corn shelling, and trucking.

Pete was united in marriage to Vivian Johnson on December 12, 1942, in Tracy, MN. They lived on rented farms and in 1945 they purchased the Hans P. Peterson ranch north of Philip. In February 1947, they had a farm sale and headed west to the ranch. Together they raised their family ranching and farming on the hill fifteen miles north of Philip. Pete purchased more land throughout the years. In 1974, they moved one mile west of Philip, where they resided until his health forced him to move into the Philip Nursing Home in April of 2004. Until the age of 89, Pete remained very active on the farm and ranch.

Pete was a member of the United Church of Philip, a former member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, and served on the Elbon School Board

for several years. He was also instrumental in building and maintaining the Elbon Telephone Exchange.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Vivian, of Philip; a son, Terry Buchert and his special friend, Rene, of Philip; three daughters, Twila Dean (LeRoy) of Alzada, MT, Vonnie O'Dea (Jim) of Howes, SD, and Betty Smith (Jim) of Philip; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers Ross Buchert (Agnes) of Mankato, MN, and Warren "Buddy" Buchert (Marge) of Rapid City; a sister Ella DeVries of Marshall, MN; a half-brother, Everett Buchert (Arlene) of Tyler, MN; a special sister-in-law, Elaine Buchert of Russell, MN; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Oscar Buchert, Jr.; a half-brother, George Buchert; and two half-sisters, Evelyn White and Olive Lee.