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POLSON - Otto John Buchmann, age 91, of Polson passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the Retreat Assisted Living Home from natural causes.

He was born Dec. 20, 1916, at Rhine, N.D., to John J. and Carolina Scheidt Buchmann. He received his elementary education in rural schools.

He served in the United States Army in the 776 Tank Destroyer Battalion from March 1941 to August 1945 serving in Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Rhineland and central Europe, where he received a Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Medal and the Bronze Star for helping to save the life of Gen. George Patton, who was trapped under heavy enemy gun fire. After that when General Patton was near the 776 Battalion he would make a point to always go and see Otto and again thank him for what he did. One of the saddest days of Otto's life was when Gen. Patton was killed in an accident.

After the war, Otto married Lucille Sagmiller in 1946 at Beulah, N.D.

Otto worked as a carpenter/maintenance man for the Flathead Irrigation and Power Project in Polson. He was a member of the V.F.W., National Association of Retired and Federal Employees, and served on the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Council and was the head usher for more than 20 years.

In his free time, he enjoyed working in his wood shop, flower garden, and vegetable garden.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and daughter Cheryl Buchmann.

He is survived by his loving wife Lucille Buchmann of Polson; sons, Dennis (Sandi) Buchmann of Brewster, Wash., Douglas Buchmann of Crockett, Texas, and Leslie (Diana) Buchmann of Polson; sisters Wilma Thomas of Hazen, N.D., Pearl Weil and Romona Kasanke both of Zap, N.D., and Caroline (Mervin) Koehler of Turtle Lake, N.D.; brothers, Eugene (Lorraine) Buchmann and John (Linda) Buchmann both of Beulah, N.D., and Donald (Lila) Buchmann of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in Otto's name to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Visitation will be held noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the Grogan Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul Rowold officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.

Condolences to the family at http://www.groganfuneralhome.com.

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