Paul Charles Buehrer was born to Luicille and Herbert Buehrer July 6, 1947. From an early age, Paul had an infectious smile and a warm personality that drew others to him. The Buehrer’s attended St. John’s Church in Archbold, Ohio and Paul was actively involved in the church from the beginning of his life. Paul enjoyed his early childhood with his twin brother's Phillip and Stanley, and sisters, Jane and Lynne as well as a pet duck. From an early age, it was clear that Paul’s combination of determination, desire to achieve and above all else, his unwavering faith in Jesus, would lead him to do big things and affect many people. In high school, Paul was able to excel in 3 sports, basketball, football, and baseball. Along with athletic abilities, Paul was also the president of the marching band and would play his french horn during halftime of the football games in which he was the starting quarterback! He experienced many victories and awards during his time playing sports in high school.
As talented as he was athletically, he was equally talented academically. After graduating at the top of his class and as class president, Paul went on to pursue an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green University in Chemistry and Biology. His success at Bowling Green led to an opening at the University of Cincinnati to pursue his ultimate goal of becoming a physician. It was during his time at the University of Cincinnati, that Paul had some struggles and his faith in Jesus Christ deepened and became the most important aspect in his life. Paul’s faith became unshakable and his pursuit of Jesus was every bit as important as his studies in Medical School to eventually become a radiologist. While seeking The Lord in his daily walk, he was invited by a lifelong friend, Dr. Bob Wiley, to a Bible study on campus. As busy as medical students are, Paul prioritized his studying of the Bible and joined this Bible study. And how happy he was that He listened to Jesus leading his heart because a certain, beautiful woman caught his eye the first night of that study. Initially, Paul tried to keep his eyes focused on the scripture but found them wandering to this particular beauty who was also clearly dedicated to Jesus. Paul attempted to shoo these initial feelings of curiosity and attraction away and continue his focus on important studies but Jesus had other plans. After prayer and consideration, Paul asked Sharon out for ice-cream after the Bible Study one week and, as you might guess, the rest was history!
Paul and Sharon were wed on March 23, 1973 and unbeknownst to them, they were beginning a life of the closest friendship and love a couple could know. Paul was enamored not only with Sharon’s physical beauty but also with her love for the Lord. After a few years of marriage, a very special package arrived to the Buehrer’s in the form of a daughter named, Sarah. Paul was very protective of his daughter, immediately insisting that she be scrubbed with a special soap and placed in isolation minutes after she was born. Sarah became ‘the apple of Paul’s eye’ the day she was born and continued to be that apple for the rest of his life. Paul graduated from Medical School and continued on to his residency at the University of Cincinnati where he eventually graduated and became a board certified radiologist. Paul and Sharon moved to Mansfield, Ohio in 1978 where Paul began his private practice as a radiologist at Mansfield General Hospital. As was Paul’s gentle spirit, he quickly became much loved by most of the staff at the hospital and even had numerous Bible studies in his office. Any staff who interacted with Paul, were made aware of Paul’s deep love and thankfulness to the One who made all things possible, Jesus. In May of 1979, Aaron Paul Buehrer was born. Paul was so proud to have a son and showered him with love and guidance. Paul and Aaron developed a deep abiding friendship and have shared many fishing trips, adventures and experiences that have made lasting memories to cherish. Throughout Paul’s 30 year practice as a radiologist at Mansfield General, he received numerous awards and accolades but as honored as he was to receive these recognitions, nothing was more important to him than making his family the top priority and leading them to know Jesus the way he did. Paul would always be home to have dinner at 5:00 with Sharon, Sarah and Aaron and to talk to them about their days, no matter how much work he had. Many times, he would return to the hospital after they went to bed. His dedication to his family is apparent in their current walk with the Lord and their unwavering dedication to him and Sharon.
Church was always extremely important to Paul and he would ensure that his family was present whenever the church doors were open. Paul and his family attended First Alliance Church in Mansfield for the majority of his life. Paul was involved in the church in every aspect he could be. He had a deep, abiding love for this church and all of the members. Paul spent countless hours in prayer, thought and fasting over the direction of the church and any challenges that occured. He taught Sunday School, led bible studies, men’s prayer times, was an elder and sat on the board of the church. His dedication to Jesus and Jesus’ church was steadfast.
Even though there were struggles in the church, Paul was always optimistic and was dedicated to finding solutions that honored the Lord and lifted and strengthened the church. One of the men’s prayer groups that Paul was a founding member of, started 30 years ago and continues to meet even today. Many of the men in that group have remained close friends of Paul’s.
And the list of Paul’s contributions continues! He was a selfless man who always looked for ways to tell others about Jesus through his actions. This is illustrated by his immense influence in his many volunteer roles. Paul was the president of the board at the Salvation Army and was constantly involved with community events and supporting the Salvation Army in every way he could. Paul also enjoyed donating his heart and his expertise in radiology to Richland County Crisis Pregnancy Center where he would voluntarily read the studies of high risk patients. Paul believed in the mission of the pregnancy center and was an advocate for many mothers and babies. Although there are so many more that we don’t have room to mention here, one final large volunteer role Paul did was serving as the president of Mansfield Christian School board for many years. Both he and Sharon made numerous contributions of all their resources to Mansfield Christian, which had and continues to have significant impacts on the ability of the school to reach children for the Lord.
Paul retired from his practice in 2015. While he loved medicine and helping others, he wanted to be able to spend more time with family and volunteering. Paul enjoyed many soccer games, basketball games, and school accomplishments of his 4 grandchildren. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he had a tremendous influence in each of their lives. He developed a close personal relationship with each of them and poured his love, wisdom and encouragement into them. Both of his children and all 4 of his grandchildren enjoy a close walk with the Lord today, in part because of Paul’s faithfulness and constant testimony that showed so brightly through him. Although Paul will be missed by so many here on earth, we know that he was welcomed into the arms of Jesus and heard those words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” We have every confidence that dad’s joy and infectious smile is immeasurable now as he comes to the full knowledge of many people who are in heaven now because of the beacon of light he was.
Calling hours will be at Hill Funeral Funeral home in Westerville, Ohio on Wednesday, October 6, 6-8 pm, followed by a celebration of Paul’s life held at Crosspointe Church(119 N Cleveland Ave Westerville, Ohio) with music beginning at 11:00am and the service beginning at 11:30.
In lieu of flowers, Paul would be honored by donations made to any of the following charities: The Salvation Army, The Great Commision Fund of the Alliance Church, or The Richland Pregnancy Center LifePoint Church in Westerville