Jeffrey Robert Buhr – Sergeant, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:


Jeffrey Buhr, 31, a Gulf War veteran from Milford, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on January 9, 2003. He died Thursday, December 26, 2002,at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He lived in Martinsburg with his family.

Buhr was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Gulf War in 1990-1991 with the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Services were held Saturday night at the Apostolic Lighthouse in Fredrick, Md. Buhr's sister, Erin Eichner, contacted The Journal shortly after the services. She said her brother had suffered from a brain tumor for the last three years. She said the illness was not related to his Gulf War service.

Eichner added that a memorial service will be held in the near future at St. John's Church in Schwer. The exact date will be announced later.

Sam Fanning, the current athletic director and former football coach at Milford High School, was contacted by The Journal on Saturday night. Buhr graduated from Milford in 1989, and played football and basketball for the Bearcats. His 6-foot-6 stature made him a good fit for the center position on the hardwood and the tight end spot on the gridiron.

“He was a very, very even-tempered, good-mannered kid,” Fanning said. “It really saddens you when you hear about this.”

Eichner said her brother, who was two years older, met a number of criteria to be buried at Arlington, one of the largest and most famous national cemeteries. It surrounds Arlington House, the former home of General Robert E. Lee, the leader of the Confederate Army. The tomb of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is marked by the eternal flame at the cemetery.

According to the Web page for Arlington, those eligible for burial include any veteran who died:

when on active duty; after retiring from active military service; after retiring from the reserves at or after age 60;
after being awarded the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross (Navy Cross or Air Force Cross), the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star or the Purple Heart.

Memorials may be made to the Jeffrey R. Buhr Memorial Fund at Apostolic Lighthouse, 7857 Gambrill Park Rd., Fredrick, Maryalnd, 21702.

Buhr was born October 24, 1971 in Kankakee, Illinois,the son of Robert and Virginia Buhr.

Surviving are his wife, Bernadette, and three children, Camille Aguirre, Caitlyn and Liam, all of Martinsburg, West Virginia; his parents, Robert and Virginia Buhr of Milford; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Ed and Erin Eichner of Paxton, and Carey Buhr of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his grandparents, Mildred Buhr of Milford, Allen and Velma Carley of Watseka; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 08/08/1989 – 11/08/1999
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 10/24/1971
  • DATE OF DEATH: 12/26/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/09/2003


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