Alan Buehler

November 6, 1949October 8, 2013
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R. Alan Buehler, 63, passed away unexpectedly at home in Colorado Springs on October 8, 2013. Born on November 6, 1949, in Columbia, Missouri, Alan spent his childhood in Carrollton, Missouri, a small farm town near the Missouri River. Following high school, Alan enlisted in the Navy, earned his Trident, and became an elite U.S. Navy SEAL. Alan was a patriotic American and Vietnam veteran who was proud of his military service. A member of UDT 11 and part of the Navy’s Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force, he played a key role in the recovery of two Apollo spacecraft. In 1971, Alan assisted in the recovery of Apollo 15 after it landed in the Pacific Ocean from a 12-day mission to the moon. In 1972, he made initial contact with the Apollo 17 Command Module after its splashdown in the Pacific. He and his teammates secured the capsule and assisted the three astronauts out of the Command Module. On March 10, 1974, after completing his Navy service and returning home, Alan married his beloved wife of 39 years, Sally A. Stratton of Braymer, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and moved to Colorado Springs, where Alan began his long career in the insurance business. He was a well-respected businessman and State Farm Insurance Agent for more than thirty years. Alan’s life was defined by devotion to his family, business and community. He coached youth sports teams, was an adult mentor for Junior Achievement, and supported his children in school academics and athletics. He was also an active member of the Navy SEAL Foundation and was President of the University Park Homeowners Association. Alan was an avid fisherman, hiker and outdoor enthusiast. Alan is survived by his wife, Sally, and their two children. Lindsey resides in Castle Rock with her husband Robert Wahl and their two daughters, Raegan and Alenna. Alan and Sally’s son, Scott, resides in Colorado Springs. Alan is also survived by his sister, Jenny, and her family who live in Broomfield. In his memory, Alan’s family will hold a service of remembrance at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17th at First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs. Flowers may be sent to Swan Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Memorial donations may be sent to the Navy SEAL Foundation, which supports the families of fallen Navy Seals, at 1619 D Street, Building 5326, Virginia Beach, VA 23459.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Don Wensel

January 20, 2015

Sally I'm so sorry for your loss. Had moved to Florida 8/2013 and found out late, as very busy and didn't know what to say to you. My wife Lee just passed and now I know hearing someone cares is important. He was a good friend for 30 years.

Bruce Bizub

November 11, 2013

I'm shocked to hear of Alan's passing and wish to extend my sympathy to the family. Alan has been my agent for more then 20 years and he will be missed.

Edward Ottino

November 4, 2013

Sally and family. I just received notice today about Alan's passing and am deeply by your loss. Alan and I had many great conversations and was there which Kim and I needed help. We will really miss him.
Ed and Kim Ottino

November 2, 2013

Sally and family. We were so saddened to hear about Alan. We love you and pray for your comfort at this time. We just received the news through the mail today. If we had known we would have been there to offer our deepest sympathy. May you find peace and know he was a great man. He will be dearly missed. With love, Danny and Cheryl Ammons

November 2, 2013

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good guy.

-Travis Greer

Gordon and Jeanne Strike

October 29, 2013

Sally, Lindsey and Scott, I have been trying to find the right words to say to try to tell you how sorry we are about your loss. The flood of memories that came rushing in when I started thinking about all the years of driving back and forth between houses, watching our kids grow up, is phenomenal. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Max Stucky

October 24, 2013

Alan was a great friend...a great American...and my insurance agent for 20+ years...he will be greatly missed!

October 23, 2013

Dear Sally, I was deeply saddened this morning when I learned of your loss. I wish I had known in time to be able to attend Alan's memorial service.

Alan was our insurance agent for 30 years, and we relied on his wise advice many times, both personally and for our business. When my husband, Charles, died of a sudden illness in 2008, Alan was a great support and help to me as I faced decisions. I'm just stricken that he is no longer there as my agent--there will never be another one like Alan. He had integrity and I knew I could trust his advice 100%. He was a wonderful man in so many ways. His love and care for you and the children was always so obvious. What a terrible loss for all the family.

My heart breaks for you as you face the difficult days ahead. May God give you His special comfort and peace.

Sincerely, Paula Crawford

Susan Farrar von Gremp

October 19, 2013

Oh how we will miss him! His stories, smiles, laughter will remain with us forever. Mom's remembrances of the times in Braymer and Colorado have helped us deal with the sorrow. So happy my Alan and Julie got to share in his legacy with our families. Just wish there could have been more,
love to you Susan Farrar von Gremp

Dave & Pam Garren

October 19, 2013

We have had insurance with Alan for over 25 years, we were shocked and very sad at hearing of his passing. Thank you for all your years of good insurance coverage and also your service to our country. We lost a very good man. Dave, Pam & Halie Garren