James S. Buente

November 18, 1951January 18, 2018

James Sundstrom Buente, 66, passed away in his home in Pittsburgh, PA. He was born on November 18, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA to Nancy Buente (Sundstrom) and David Turkle Buente, Sr. He was a 1969 graduate of Bellevue High School where he served as student body president. In 1973, he graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a degree in Political Science and American Studies. For thirty years, James dedicated his career to business and politics, working for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline Brown Buente, and son, Mark Brown Buente, from his marriage to Christine "Tina" Karen Brown; his brother, David Turkle Buente Jr.; and four nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc., 1014 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202. A Memorial Service will be held after the visitation. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memoriam of James Buente to the Dickinson Fund at 800-543-3809 or


  • Visitation Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Wilford Scott

February 3, 2018

Jim and I were roommates the fall semester of 1969 in the SAE fraternity, until he dove on me while I was sleeping once too often. He was one of the funniest, most clever guys I knew, and a good roommate, otherwise. Whenever Jim was around there were always laughs and a good time.
I'm sorry for your loss. He was the kind of friend you don't forget.

Tom And Barb Regan

January 25, 2018

Hello All,
I first met Jimmy in the late summer of 1969. We were attending the cross country camp at Dickinson college in Carlisle. As it was, we became great friends as we entered that intimidating we-are-in-this-new-but-exciting-college experience. As an added bonus, we became fraternity brothers in an era, location, and time when that was a noble and positive thing which enhanced our time together. My fondest memory of Jimmy- also referred to as Jim, James, Buente, and, a very affectionate fraternity given moniker, the "Butt"- occurred on a Friday afternoon in March of 1970 as we were waiting in our team transportation on the way to the University of Delaware for an indoor track meet. Jim questioned coach DuCharme about the running line up for the night. Coach uttered the following words: " Jim, you do the running and I'll do the thinking". While you had to be there to fully appreciate the meaning of that moment and it is, for sure, an inside gig, it is a moment in time that I will always cherish. I spent endless hours at the "Milton" with Buente during those college years solving the deep mysteries of life while we consumed Hotchee dogs and cheese burger specials to fuel that adolescent metabolism. I am grateful for that time. We (my wife BR and I) continued our relationship through grad school with Jim and Tina until life, situation, and geography separated us. BR and I hope that faith, family and friends lift you up at this time. Jim's passing has rededicated all of us of this generation to live life with purpose, joy and intellect as our brother Jim certainly did.

Tom '73 and Barb Regan
328 N Pine St
Lancaster, PA 17603

January 24, 2018

Words that we expressed to you in prayers may they comfort and uplift and bring a

January 24, 2018

So sorry for your loss. May the peace of God be with your family during this time.

January 24, 2018

You have our deepest sympathies. We pray in your behalf,and we look forward to the day when we will welcome back our loved ones on a Paradise earth. Psm37:29

January 24, 2018

To James's family and friends we're so sorry for your loss you have our deepest sympathies we look forward to the day when we can welcome back our dear loved ones Psalms chapter 30 verses 2 & 3 will be fulfilled through Christ Jesus


January 24, 2018

Please find comfort from God's word during this time. Psalm 68:20

Brad Jones

January 22, 2018

I am so sorry to hear that Jim has left us. He was very good to me when we worked together at NFIB. I will remember the great times we had at our region meetings in Florida, DC and Nashville. He will be missed.

Sherrie Cunningham

January 22, 2018

I'm sorry to here the loss of Jim's passing. Worked with him at NFIB he was great to work with, he left lots of good memories when he left. Prayers for the family through this sad time.

Jim Brown

January 22, 2018

Very sorry to hear this. Jim was a man of integrity who cared about the people who worked for him at NFIB. He loved talking about his children and will be missed here, but not forgotten.