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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM (Central).

St. John's Catholic Church
Ft. Pierre, South Dakota

A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral mass at the church.

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In memory of

Peter J. Buchholz, Jr.

of Pierre, South Dakota, died on Friday, February 12, 2021 at his home in Pierre surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer at the age of 71

Peter Joseph Buchholz, better known as “Pete” by his family and friends, was born on November 27, 1949, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His birth parents were unable to care for him at which time he was placed with the sisters of the Catholic Church. He was quickly adopted by Peter and Myrtle Buchholz. They later adopted two more children, Mary and Gregory and settled in Roggen, Colorado. The family raised dry land wheat, chickens, peacocks, pigeons for show, and bees for honey. This formed many fond memories for Pete. Pete also helped farm his parents land and enjoyed tending to the family flower garden that contributed to all the arrangements for weekly services at their local Catholic Church. Growing up Pete attended Weld Central High School and later St. Mary’s of the Plains College in Kansas for agriculture.

Pete met Joan Marie McKay and later wed in 1971. That union brought Jeremy Peter and Pamela JoAnn into the world. Pete decided farming was not his business, so he created a farming chemical business in Huron, South Dakota. Pete and Joan later divorced. As life changed, he ultimately moved to Pierre, where he worked in the chemical/seed business but later ventured into car sales. Pete was immensely proud of his work and always wanted to make sure sales were done right or not at all.
In 2018 he was diagnosed with cancer of multiple kinds. He endured many treatments and gave a good battle which he ultimately lost.

He was preceded in death by his parents Peter Sr. and Myrtle Buchholz.

Pete is survived by his children: Jeremy (Stacy) Buchholz and Pam (Travis) Ingram; their mother Joan Buchholz; step-daughter Jamie (Doug) Anthony; grandchildren Jenna, Alena, Sage, and Cadin; step-grandchildren Kyle, Ethan, Alex, Kyron, and Jayla; and a host of other relatives and friends.

His family would like to thank the medical team at the Mayo Clinic, the Cancer Center, and Sanford Health in Pierre, South Dakota, the amazing hospice nurses, and Father Ron Garry.

Visitation will be held an hour prior to the funeral mass.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, February 20, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ft. Pierre. Live streaming will be provided and the funeral mass can be watched from this webpage at the start of the service.

Family and friends will have a memorial poker run at a later date, when it is warm enough to ride Harleys, which Peter loved so much. Pete will be forever missed as he is received in heaven.

Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. CST
St. John's Catholic Church
Ft. Pierre, South Dakota

Father Ron Garry

Shirley Gross - Organist

Jimmy Field - Lyle "Magoo" Maorian - Larry Mitchell
Tony Lowenburg - John "Cherokee" Hight - W's
Mark Middleton - Amanda Carrol - Faye Rich - Oates
Darwin "Pud" Peterson - Ken Steiner - Thane Badger

  • Pete was a good friend , We often talked on the phone He will be missed ~ Dennis Dean Postma 2519 e jasmine circle (2/20/2021)
  • Peter Joe was a classmate. He was a witty and kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. May your memories of him bring you comfort and peace. ~ Sandra Abbott Galey Keenesburg, CO (2/19/2021)
  • I will always have the fondest memories of Pete, he was a funny, talented man, and I will always be grateful for his friendship! To his continued journey in heaven! ~ Joni Bowers-McDonnel Sioux Falls, SD (2/18/2021)
  • God bless you Pete...Ride Hard in Heaven!!! ~ Vicki (2/18/2021)
  • Pete was a great man , a friend, a great sales person and man other things , he loved to help every year with the kids fish and many other thing he enjoyed to help with, the community and the people around South Dakota losses a great honest man you will be missed peterT we love you dude ~ Jerome and Leigh ann Ottenbacher Aberdeen Sd (2/18/2021)
  • Prayers for all your family. Peter Joe was a friend to many! ~ Tom Sauter Bennett Colorado (2/17/2021)