Car cruise held before funeral to honor Buchholz

Family, friends, classmates and local car enthusiasts give car cruise as a tribute to DeVerne Buchholz before his funeral in Hillsboro on March 24.

The Hillsboro community as well as a community of car fans showed up to honor DeVerne Buchholz on Thursday, March 24.

Buchholz, 72, of Hillsboro, died at home on March 19.

In order to honor him, friends and family held a special memorial cruise before the service which was held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The cruise, which consisted of anyone who wanted to participate with their favorite car or motorcycle, began at First Mennonite Church and went South on Ash to Indigo and 140th where drivers turned around in the circle drive and came back North on Indigo and turned right onto D Street. The cruise drove to Wendy’s, turned around and turned right on Main and headed back to the church where the service was held.

Buchholz was a huge fan of classic cars and owned several. His wife Sue Buchholz and daughters Krystal Aucutt, Byrna Siemens and Elisha Buchholz all joined in on the cruise with Deverne’s cars leading the way. At the front of the line was his 1967 Camaro driven by Elisha.

“DeVerne ordered this 1967 Camaro from Irv Schroeder Motors. The car is still in its original condition except he being a car guy did some modifications to the suspension allowing it to sit much higher off the ground. It remains that way to this day and always catches attention. The car is very special to the family and will be cherished and kept in the family,” said friend Bob Jantz.

For those unable to make the cruise or the service but still wanting to honor Deverne, memorials can be made to Main Street Ministries in care of Jost Funeral Home at P.O. Box 266, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

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