Mark Dominic Buchheit was born on April 27, 1923 in Festina, Iowa to Anthony and Mary (Moser) Buchheit. He attended St. Luke’s High School in St. Lucas for two years and finished his high school career at Quincy College Academy in Quincy Illinois.
Before entering the military in 1943, Mark finished one year of his college career at Creighton University. He served in the United States Navy until 1946, entering as Apprentice Seaman, and attained the rank of Lieutenant. He served as Lieutenant Division Officer aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin and Fleet Locator at U.S. Supply Base in San Pedro, California.
Mark continued his education at Creighton University and the University of Iowa majoring in economics, accounting and engineering and minoring in German. In 1950, Mark earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Mark began his professional career as an Investigator for Employer’s Mutual Insurance Company in Wausau, Wisconsin. After spending five years as the Fayette County Attorney, he became self-employed in private practice.
He passed away on May 16, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society of West Union.
Mark enjoyed world travel and writing articles on conditions in foreign countries. He also gave many speeches on foreign relations in several countries, including Japan, China and Denmark. He participated in the Cambodian Regatta upon invitation of Prince Sihanonk in 1967.
Mark was a member of Lions, where he served as District Governor and International Consoler. He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as Commander Department of Iowa, Parliamentarian for Big Ten Conference, and served as Judge Advocate Department of Iowa. Mark also held memberships in Knights of Columbus, American Legion and Forty & Eight.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
Graveside services with military honors were held on at 10:30 am on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Cemetery in Festina, Iowa with the Rev. Dale Rausch officiating.
S.K. Rogers Funeral Home in West Union is in charge of the arrangements. 22u22