Foster Buchtel

Foster S. Buchtel

Jan 9, 1931 - Jan 18, 2019
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Dr. Foster S. Buchtel, BA, MBA, PhD, CDR, USCG, Ret., 88, died January 18, 2019. He was born January 9, 1931 to Pers and Dortha Buchtel in Kenmore, OH.
 Foster was a collateral descendent of the founders of the University of Akron. He graduated from Kenmore High School (1948), University of Akron (BA and PhD), and Western Michigan University (MBA). Foster worked for Goodyear, Case Western Reserve, Western Michigan University, and University of Akron. He also founded Buchtel Associates.  He served as an enlisted in the Navy and an officer (Commander) in the Coast Guard Reserves. Foster married Peggy Caverno on December 16, 1951 and they had 3 children, Dortha Braat (Thomas), Mona Isaacs (Randy) and Glen Buchtel. Foster was always interested in education, either learning, teaching or helping others advance their education. He loved to travel and enjoyed classic cars. He belonged to several classic car clubs and received numerous awards for the 1951 Ford Flathead V8 he had restored. Foster volunteered to teach at the Coast Guard Academy as well as the Coast Guard Training Facility in Yorktown, VA, sat on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries and was a member of Rotary. Foster is survived by his wife Peggy, his children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and his brothers, Mike Buchtel and Stan Buchtel. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Joyce (Buchtel) Waite. In accordance with Foster’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

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Posted at 05:00pm
I just learned of Foster's passing, my sincere condolences to Peggy and the Buchtel family. Foster was a kind and wonderful person.
His friendship and support to the village of Silver Lake over the years, especially the police department will never be forgotten.
A memory that I will always cherish is when we made Foster an honorary police officer for the the annual festival parade in 2010 and dressed him and his 1951 Ford up as our "official" Silver Lake Police ambassador where he proudly led the parade.
Foster was wearing his usual big smile that day. A great memory for sure.
God bless you Foster, I hope there is a parade in heaven and god lets you lead the way.
Gary DeMoss, Chief, SLPD Retired

Posted at 09:07pm
Peggy and Family: I shared an office with Foster, Bob Denton, and Doug Peck when I began teaching at UA thirty years ago. We shared many good stories and times in the Dept. of Sociology. He helped me become oriented to teaching and was always willing to give time to helping a "newby.". His legendary sense of humor was appreciated and enjoyed by all in our department. One thing he taught me was that a student's emergency was not necessarily my emergency, especially if the emergency occurred in the last two weeks of a semester. My sympathies go out to you in your great loss. Sincerely, Ginny Smerglia

Posted at 12:28pm
Foster. Dear friend; cherished University of Akron colleague; poker club menace!! You are missed dear friend. Thanks for the memories.
Tom Adolph

Dan Buie

Posted at 11:08pm
Foster was a true mentor to me at the U of A. I met him when he was facilitating the Kelloge Team a Leadership initiative. His generous spirit and his wonderful sense of humor made him wonderful to be around. He "fostered" me into the poker club and the bookclub, both of which I am still a member.. I will truly miss him, but his being will always be with me.
Dan Buie

Renee B. Hurd

Posted at 02:08pm
Peggy - we worked together and I have thought of you so often. I am so sorry to learn about Foster's passing. I remember doing some typing for him! I hope you are okay. I'm not sure if you are in the area or not. You had a lot of years with a wonderful man...may those great memories serve you well...and make you smile. I will be thinking about you.
Renee B. Hurd

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