LaVerne Buchholz

by Jared Jost | February 13, 2020 3:13 pm

Hillsboro – LaVerne Buchholz, 91, died February 12, 2020 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.  He was born September 19, 1928 in WaKeeney, Kansas to Fred and Julia (Hervey) Buchholz.  He married Jane Surprise June 1, 1947 in WaKeeney.  Survivors include:  wife, Jane Buchholz of Goessel; son, DeVerne (Sue) Buchholz of Rural Hillsboro; daughter, Jan (Leonard) Frantz of Rural Hillsboro; brother, Duane Buchholz of WaKeeney; 7 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by his son Kirk in 1969; brothers, Roy, Glenn, Harry; sisters, Gladys Jameson, Irene Wheeler.  Celebration of Life 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro Officiated by Pastor Tom Byford.  Interment 10:00 a.m. Monday at Haven of Rest cemetery rural Hillsboro.  Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials to Bethesda Home in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at

Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin

LaVerne passed away quietly on Wednesday evening on February 12, 2020 at Bethesda Home in Goessel, Ks. He was 91 years old. He was born September 19, 1928 on the family farm three miles east and one mile north of WaKeeney, KS. He was the son of Fred and Julia (Hervey) Buchholz.

After his elementary years of schooling LaVerne entered the work force at an early age. He was such a gifted person with an unbelievable amount of talents. There wasn’t really anything he could not do when he set his mind to it. Some of his earlier jobs in WaKeeney consisted of delivering milk, helping on farms, being a police officer, working at the Mobil Gas station and being a mechanic. LaVerne loved working and driving nice cars.

LaVerne met the love of his life and best friend Jane Surprise and they were married on June 1, 1947. They continued to live in WaKeeney and raised 3 children, DeVerne, Jan, and Kirk. Family was very important to him with many visits to the family’s farm, being surrounded with nephews, nieces, in-laws, brothers, sisters, helping with wheat harvest, hunting, playing cards and good food. LaVerne loved to be involved.  

LaVerne took a job as a lineman with the United Telephone Company which caused him to be away from home and family. In 1962, with the telephone company he transferred and relocated in Hillsboro, KS where he became the local telephone man.  In Hillsboro he continued working double duty jobs as a part-time police officer, served on the fire department, worked at the local Coop station, owned his own gas station, repaired lawnmowers, mowed grass and anything else that needed fixing. LaVerne loved to help everyone.

Tragedy struck the family in December of 1969 with the loss of their son Kirk at the age of 10 forever changing their lives. Their faith, friends and family got them through it. This forever left an impact on LaVerne. LaVerne and Jane enjoyed taking their Gold Wing motorcycle on long trips with friends. In 1977 LaVerne and Jane were involved in a serious car accident and Jane was seriously hurt with a spinal injury which left her with some paralysis. At this time LaVerne took on another role as a wonderful caregiver for Jane. For 40 years he cared, helped and provided for her needs, never a complaint. LaVerne was one dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Never saying “NO” to helping his kids or grandkids. He was blessed with 7 grandkids and 21 great-grandkids. We often laugh because technically he retired 3 times in his life, twice from the telephone company, once from all official jobs. But really he never retired because he continued working on mowers and chain saws until several years ago.

LaVerne is survived by his wife of 73 years, Jane Buchholz, his son DeVerne Buchholz and wife Sue of Hillsboro; his daughter Jan Frantz and husband Leonard of Hillsboro; seven grandchildren, Nolan Frantz of Allen, KS, Austin Frantz and wife Johnna of Oakley, KS, Laci Thibodeaux and husband Jeremy of Dwight, KS, Ethan Frantz and wife Emily of Roxbury, KS, Krystal Aucutt of Missoula, MT, Elisha Buchholz of Missoula, MT, and Bryna Siemens and husband Brad of Newton, KS; 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother Duane Buchholz of WaKeeney, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son Kirk Buchholz; two sisters Irene Wheeler and Gladys Jamison; three brothers Harry, Roy and Glenn; and Nolan’ wife Christy Frantz.

We are so very grateful for all the wonderful years and memories that we shared with our husband, dad, and granddad. We have been blessed beyond measure!

Thank you for all the love, prayers and support that we have felt during this time from family and friends! A special thank you to the loving staff at Bethesda Home for their wonderful care for him and the Good Shepherd Hospice care during his last days!


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