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Celebration of Life

Whitewater Community Church (formerly the Swiss Church)
Thursday March 10th, 2022

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Lonnie Lee Buller

Lonnie’s life began on February 9, 1949, in the town of Goessel, Kansas.  He was the son of Leo J. and Luanna Mae (Wedel) Buller.  Lonnie graduated from Moundridge High School in 1968.  Lonnie was united in marriage to Carol Kay (Crowell) on May 17, 1980, in Douglass, Kansas.

For thirty-five years, Lon was the Emergency Management Coordinator for Harvey County.  He was involved in the Kansas Emergency Management Association where he served as President three times, Area Vice-President as well as various other committees.  Lon was on the board of both the Whitewater Fire District and the Richland Township.  He started in 1978 as a volunteer for the Hesston Fire and Ambulance Departments.  Lon was an original member of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management training cadre.  He taught other emergency managers in the state as well as training the local emergency services.  Lon was a member of South Central Kansas Homeland Security Council and the IAEM.  During his career he also was the Chair of the Harvey County Communication Board and Chair of the Critical Incident Stress Management Board Team.

Lon was a member of the Central States Rocky Mountain Horse Association.  Lon was an animal person and enjoyed his cats, dogs, camping and taking his horses on trail rides, and snow skiing.  Lon’s hobbies included wood working, where he made various items, including toy boxes for his grandchildren.

Lon was a people person and truly enjoyed the time he & Carol owned and operated the Hawk House Bed & Breakfast.  He listened to the stories from the people who stayed with them, representing 43 states and 9 countries in the course of the five years they owned the B&B.

Lon is survived by his wife, Carol of Whitewater; son, Jory of Wichita; daughter, Michelle (Jerry) McNutt of Sierra Vista, AZ; grandchildren: Erica Buller of Woodbury, MN; Katrina Cannady of Woodbury, MN; Jerrod (Katie) McNutt of Augusta, KS; great-granddaughter, Zayla McNutt; and brother, Larry (Betsy) Buller of Hutchinson, KS.  Lon passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Luanna. His family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Whitewater Community Church, Whitewater, Kansas.  Lamb Funeral Home of Whitewater is serving the family.  Memorial Contributions in Lon’s name may be made to Caring Hands Humane Society, Newton, Kansas, or to the Whitewater Community Church.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Lon at www.yazelmeglifh.com.

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Lonnie was one of my favorite cousins. I will never forget when I was 13 and had chicken pox He and his parents came to visit us on the homestead in Montezuma. I was so embarrassed by so many pox on my face but Lonnie made me feel okay about it. I don't know if he got them from me or if he had already had them!!! He called me once in awhile and was quite the chatter box! I always enjoyed our conversations. He will be greatly missed!!

Sheryl Whitesell Tinkler Mar 12 2022 1:35 PM

Lonnie was one of the best men at our wedding and stayed in our lives ever since off and on. When my husband got cancer he and Carol visited us and Lon also spent time with my husband here in our home and since my husbands death he would call every so often to check in to see how I was doing. He was so kind and caring and he had a love for people. Love to you Jory -Carol and your family.. LaWanda Koehn

LaWnda Koehn Mar 10 2022 8:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lonnie Buller

LaWanda Koehn Mar 10 2022 8:27 PM

Lon was a great leader. I worked with him at the Hesston tornado. He was a genius at his job. R.I.P.

Joe Smiley Mar 10 2022 9:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lonnie Buller

Dee Moreno Mar 10 2022 7:09 AM

Be strong and courageous be not afraid or discouraged for the lord your god will be with you wherever you go. Rest In Peace my friend.

Jim Daily, Chief of Police Retired Mar 9 2022 9:43 PM

Lon and I went to same High School (I could tell some stories)However around 1973 LON walked into the Sheriff's office, stopped and said, well guess we are going to be working together.Lon and I worked many hours on project's,storm watch duty,etc.
Motter had several meetings with commissioners about a new jail. Lon and I went to Byron and said if you're going to build a Jail and Le center we need to include both,911 & Emergency Management! Blue prints started coming out and Lon and I redrew them to 3 time's. Byran had meeting and sold the project. Lon's office and mine were next to each other. Lon and I worked many hours, days and Years together and had great times story telling of our school days and dragging main street in Moundridge.
Lonnie Buller was a great man and was never short on words. May you RIP!

Ron Hoffman Mar 9 2022 5:55 PM

Sending prayers and healing for you and your family.

Sam’s club #6275 Mar 9 2022 3:22 PM

Prayers for you and your family.

Bree Mar 9 2022 3:21 PM

We are going to miss his humor, his laughter & his friendship. He was a joy to be around.

Ron & Pat jackson Mar 9 2022 12:42 PM

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