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Anthony J. Buhl – Obituary

Name: Anthony J. Buhl

Age: 81

Born: 11-09-1938

Died: 06-22-2020

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

St. Augustine's Catholic Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Anthony J. Buhl, age 81, of St. Cloud.  Anthony passed away after a long-fought battle with cancer on June 22 at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.  Reverend Scott Pogatchnik will preside and Reverend Jason Asselin will concelebrate along with other priests.  Burial will take place in Christ the King Parish Cemetery in Browerville.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.  Parish Prayers will be at 6 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to service at the church on Tuesday.  Social distancing and facemasks are recommended.
Anthony was born November 9, 1938 in Browerville to Charles and Martha (Jarosch) Buhl.  After graduating from High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1961 and was stationed in Texas, California and lastly Korea.  He married Audrey Ann Schluender on June 26, 1965 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Browerville. 
Anthony received his Masters Degree from St. Cloud State and his Doctorate from Oregon State University.  He also did post graduate work at the University of Minnesota.  He worked as a professor at North Dakota State in Fargo, Missouri State University in Maryville and finally at St. Cloud State University.
Anthony will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, an avid photographer, a devoted husband and friend and bold in his faith.
Anthony is survived by his brother Charles Buhl, Jr of Long Prairie, sister Joann Gossell of St. Cloud and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Anthony in death were his parents, wife Audrey (2010), siblings Mary, Gordon, Peter, Beatrice, Dolores and Genevieve and one infant brother.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to St. Thomas Aquinas College; attention: Paul Blewett, Director of Gift Planning, 10,000 North Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060.

Guestbook for Anthony J. Buhl

Tim Austin
, Former student
August 1, 2020, 1:12 am
Dr. Anthony Buhl was a professor of mine during my time at SCSU in the early 1990s. He helped me greatly in (among other things) my appreciation of mystery in the Christian faith. As a fundamentalist-leaning evangelical at the time, I was ill-equipped to handle mystery. Our approach to such things was to say, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” And the unstated follow-up was, “and don’t think about it too much or you might stop believing it.” I think there was a real fear that intellectual pursuits might uncover reasons not to believe. This latent anti-intellectualism within the form of Christianity that I knew at the time was nudging me toward indifference to the faith. Dr. Buhl helped point me back toward an enthusiastic embrace of my faith in God by showing me that a rigorous intellectual life is actually an asset, and a boon to spiritual growth. In the face of a mystery, my fundamentalist faith had told me, “You can never completely understand it so don’t bother trying. Just accept it and move on.” But Dr. Buhl, who was in many ways a spiritual mentor to me (though he would have been reluctant to see himself as such) taught me this about mysteries, “You can never exhaust what’s there, so don’t stop in your pursuit of understanding.” I suspect heaven itself will be a glorious continuation of this never-ending quest for understanding, so I’m happy to have gotten a small start, thanks in many ways to Dr. Buhl. “Higher up and further in," my friend. And by the grace of God, I do look forward to seeing you in that better country.
Fred Meyer
, Friend for 20+ years
June 26, 2020, 2:12 am
I will miss you Friend Anthony. You have been a wonderful friend. God bless you really good.

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