Howard Buenting

will be remembered most for his wry sense of humor that not only delighted people but often left people wondering. He was born in Green Bay, WI and was known for his pranks and playfulness.

He had a kind and tender soul, and was loved wherever he went because of his ability to truly be present with people and accept them with grace and kindness. He worked as a Lutheran Pastor and as an Addiction Counselor throughout most of his life and gave hope and inspiration to others.

He married Roberta Pageler in 1958 in Manson, IA and they had four children - Peter (Dawn) Buenting; Marlys (Ky) Helmich; Andrea (Todd) Olson and Sara (Raj) Beekie.

Howard’s faith was his anchor and his playful, warm, compassionate heart his guide.

During his life he enjoyed trout fishing, coin collecting, playing sports, jogging, gardening, preaching, singing, driving and goofing around.

He died on January 15th at Bethany on the Lake at the age of 89 years.

The family of Howard would like to thank the staff of Pelican Bay at Bethany for their ongoing kindness and care, and to Hospice of Douglas County for their deep compassion and commitment to bringing comfort and companionship. Words cannot express our gratitude.

A Memorial Service is being planned for April 2 at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, WI. “ For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain .” ~ Phil. 1:21