Mr. Buhler’s Legacy

I co-teach sixth hour with an amazing and talented friend. She has a heart of gold and stops at nothing to ensure our special education kids (and regular education, for that matter) receive all the support and encouragement they need to thrive. 

On Sunday, tragedy struck the Buhler family. Ali’s dad, a teacher for thirty-one years, passed away after a courageous fight with cancer. 

As I read Mr. Buhler’s obituary, it felt only fitting that it be today’s One Good Thing. Because to have a man like him in our profession is as good as it gets. Ali said that having him as a dad made the decision for her to become a teacher a very easy and obvious choice. 

I ask that you hold the Buhler family in your hearts. 

William Ives Buhler 

(September 25, 1959 – January 3, 2016)

William Ives Buhler II passed away on January 3, 2016, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born on September 25, 1959, in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to William Ives Buhler Sr. and Betty Buhler.

After graduating from Hot Spring High School in 1977, Bill earned a BS in Education from NMSU. He passionately taught high school history for Alamogordo Public Schools for 31 years. Beginning his teaching career at Alamogordo Mid High School in 1984, he concluded his final year at Alamogordo High School, retiring in 2015. Bill was a dedicated teacher, appreciated and respected by his students and colleagues. In the classroom, Bill’s priority was to have each and every one of his students succeed. His passion for teaching was made clear by the way he taught his lessons, his preparedness, his compassion, and his desire for students to become engaged. Students, each year, looked forward to Mr. Buhler’s role-playing, where he would emulate figures from history, bringing a tangible form of history to life. Likewise, his life size game “Conquer the World,” promoted student learning and demonstrated the epitome of student engagement. Allowing his students to fail was never an option. Students could be sure that Mr. Buhler would find every possible way for each and every one of them to be successful even if it meant hunting the student down at lunch to question a missing assignment or assist in fixing a problem. Mr. Buhler cared very much that his students enjoyed learning, and he took to heart his students’ progress.

For his colleagues, Bill was a voice of inspiration. Listening, assisting, compromising, Bill never let anyone down. Bill was a negotiator. He actively listened to every side of the issue and worked diligently to assist his colleagues to a viable compromise. It mattered not to Bill if the problem seemed minute or appeared enormous, if Bill could be of assistance, he happily became involved. Bill was a generous man with a huge heart. His compassion for others was evident in the words he spoke to others and his actions. A man with a happy disposition and an inspiration, Bill is irreplaceable.

A loving husband, Bill was extremely supportive and caring. Family was valued highly. A role-model for his children, Bill taught them the significance of family, friendship, and of course to love the Minnesota Vikings. Bill taught each one the responsibility and the importance of hard-work, but also the importance of enjoying every moment given. He was each of his kids’ biggest fans. He was always encouraging and most importantly always loving. He taught his children to be genuine and to try and make a new friend every day, to always look on the bright side, to give every day their all, and to smile and stay positive even when it seems impossible.

Survivors include his wife, Diane, two daughters Morgan Buhler and Alexandra Buhler; two sons, Nicholas Buhler and Andrew Buhler; parents William Buhler Sr. and Betty Buhler; sisters Susan Buhler and Windy Buhler.

We will celebrate Bill’s life with a memorial service on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM, in the Tiger Pit at Alamogordo High School with a reception to follow.


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