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Obituary for Joseph C. Buergler

Joseph C. Buergler, 91, Indianapolis, passed away February 22, 2017. Mr. Buergler was born December 6, 1925, in Indianapolis, to the late Joe and Ida (Ferry) Buergler.

He proudly served in the United States Coast Guard as a Seaman First Class during World War II. While he was in the service, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Anne Gibson. They were married on August 21, 1948, in San Francisco. Their union lasted 65 years before she passed away in December 2013. Joe was also preceded in death by his brother, Louis and brother-in-law, Ray Massing.

Joe began a 40 year career in banking with the Madison Avenue State Bank in 1948 as a teller. He retired from the Indiana National Bank in 1987 as Executive Vice President. Joe served as President of the Perry Township High School Building Committee and as President of the St. Francis Hospital Advisory Board. Always involved in his community, he was also member of the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church.

Joe was an avid golfer and was a longtime member of the Country Club of Indianapolis. He also enjoyed tennis, fishing, working in his yard, spending time with loved ones, and especially traveling the world with Dot. They are now enjoying their nightly martini together.

Survivors include his seven children, Carol Sandefer, Alaine Melfi (Ralph), Dianne Cutri (Frank), Barbara Davis (Larry), David Buergler (Bee), Paul Buergler, and Laurie Gates (Steve); sister, Beatrice Massing Clark (Lyle); brother, Ed Buergler (Marge); sister-in-law, Betty Buergler; nineteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren.

Friends and family will gather on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2 – 6 p.m., at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East Street (US Hwy. 31 South). The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2017, in Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, with calling there from 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Indiana, 9100 Purdue Road, Ste. 203, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Visit to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.

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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home

6107 S. East Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227

additional visitation




10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church

335 S. Meridian Street
Greenwood, IN 46142

mass of christian burial




11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church

335 S. Meridian Street
Greenwood, IN 46142


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