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Ethel "Jan" Janice Buchheit


April 15, 2020

Jan (Libby) Buchheit of Glasgow, Mont., 92, died at Valley View Home in Glasgow on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Family services will be held at a later date, and Jan will be inurned with her husband Robert in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Mich.

She was born in Royal Oak, Mich., on Aug. 24, 1927, to George and Olive (Herbert) Libby. She was the eighth of nine children and hated to be called "Ethel," joking that her mother simply ran out of names. She attended school and grew up in Royal Oak except for some rough times for the family when she was boarded out, a common practice during the Depression.

Jan married Robert George Buchheit in 1946 on his return from the Pacific after WWII, and they made their home in the Detroit area. They welcomed twins Ronald Gary and Lawrence Robert in 1948 and son Robert James in 1958. She was a mother and homemaker until later in life. One of her proudest achievements was to become employed at Botsford Hospital in the central supply department, rising to become supervisor before her retirement.

Jan and Bob moved to Montana to be closer to family in 1997, where they enjoyed new friends in Glasgow, Fort Peck, and St. Marie. After Bob's death in 2004, Jan found great joy in the companionship of her special friend Melvin Gauthier until his death in 2019.

Jan spent the past five years in the Sunshine Square at Valley View Home where staff gave her the care and attention she so needed and enjoyed. Many thanks to them and to Dr. Anne Millard. She will be remembered for her beauty, her sharp clothes (felt hats and shoe trees galore), her love of singing, her love of reading, and for straightening everyone's clothes for endless task.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her siblings; husband Robert George Buchheit; and one son, Ronald Gary Buchheit.

Survivors include two sons, Lawrence (Carol) Buchheit, of Fort Peck, Mont., and Robert (Lynn) Buchheit, of Spokane, Wash.; one daughter-in-law, Julia Buchheit, of Hemingford, Neb.; six grandchildren, Robert (Tobie) Buchheit, of Hemingford, Daniel (Kim) Buchheit, of Chadron, Neb., Raymond (Allyson) Buchheit, of Billings, Mont., Michael (Melinda) Buchheit, of Bozeman, Mont., Melissa Buchheit, of Spokane, Wash., and Dylan (Mikayla) Buchheit, of Spokane; and 10 great-grandchildren, Macee, Carter, Kurtis, Kallie, Eva, Braxton, Kingston, Mikel, Killean, and Isadora.

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