Kevin Wade Buhse

April 10, 1964 - August 4, 2011

Kevin Wade Buhse, age 47, of Lucas, Texas, passed away on August 4, 2011. He was born April 10, 1964, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, to William Ernest and Irene (Meyers) Buhse. Kevin grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and graduated from high school in Victoria, British Columbia. He received his bachelor of commerce from the University of Manitoba, and became a chartered accountant (equivalent to CPA) and worked in public accounting in Winnipeg, Calgary, Barbados and Austin, Texas. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1994, where he met his wife, Jodie Nestman; they married in Barbados on May 25, 1998. They both went to work for Dell, Inc. in Austin, Texas and in Limerick, Ireland. They lived in Switzerland from 2004 until 2008; and then moved back to the Dallas area, where Kevin most recently worked for Caris Life Sciences serving as Vice President of Accounting. He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing hockey. He is survived by his wife, Jodie Buhse of Lucas, Texas; sons, Benjamin and Kevin Alexander Buhse; brothers, Gary Buhse and wife Cathy of Selkirk, Manitoba, Mervyn Buhse of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Bryan Buhse of Winnipeg, Manitoba; sister-in-law, Barbara Roberts and husband Alfred; a host of other family and friends. Kevin was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 4:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel, in Allen, Texas.

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I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Jodie, Ben, and Alex during this difficult time. I first met Kevin in Junior High, he was the blonde hair boy across the room with the sharp sense of humor and a contageous smile. Kevin was a great friend, whom I always wanted to be around, and a comforting soul when needed. Kevin was very important to our group of friends, the special bond created was shared throughout the years. Kevin was a genuine person with a personality filled with life and humor. He had a vision as to who he wanted to be, and what he wanted to do. Today I can trully say that he made all of those visions come true. I can only imagine how many people's lives Kevin had changed, like he had mine, but I am positive that all who knew him were trully blessed. My thoughts and prayers shall always be with you. Nancy Porath, August 31, 2011 I knew Kevin from working with him a few months at Dell in DIS. He had a great sense of humor, loved to tell stories, always talked about his family, and yesterday before the memorial service we remembered some of the great impressions he used to do of other people. Very funny. He was probably my most ardent advocate at Dell, and I really missed him once he joined Tyco and moved to Switzerland. He really believed in the people he hired and worked with. It's a testament to his character that so many of us felt the need to come to Allen to show our respect yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Jodie, Ben & Alex in the days and months ahead. Kyle Tippens, August 11, 2011 Jodie, Ben, and Alex. I was one of the fortunate people to play hockey with Kevin on the Warriors. We had many great conversations about Ben and Alex and their challenges in hockey. How it makes you a better team player, a better leader, a better person. Kevin was all of that. He was a good person, a good friend who will be missed. We also shared stories of our travels around the world. Kevin was never afraid to explore; knowing that every new adventure would be a new world of experiences to last a lifetime. Please know our thoughts are with you, as well as our fond memories of Kevin. Brian Dickson, August 11, 2011 Dear Jodie, Ben and Alex- You husband and father was an amazing, kind, loving, adventurous man. He will be greatly missed by all. We are so honored to have met him and spent time with him on the FB and Soccer fields over the years. Rest in Peace Kevin! God Bless you all! Paul and Erika Richardson, August 10, 2011 I only met him once but although I did not know Kevin well, I have seen and heard what a deep, positive impact that he had on everyone around him here at work. My deepest sympathies to the family as I know times are rough at this moment but take solace in the fact that, although it may seem very cliche', he IS in a better place now. If I could leave you with a scripture to ponder, it would be Proverbs 3:5-6. May God bless and keep you. Betty G. Gilmore, August 10, 2011 Jodie - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys during this difficult time. Keep your family and friends close during this time and know that the Lord will always keep you close to him. Have peace in knowing that Kevin is in a much better place than we are. Scott Cavender, August 10, 2011 There cannot be enough wonderful things said about Kevin. Kevin was a wonderful man on and off the ice. Although I only played 2 seasons with Kevin it was obvious what kind of person he was. Kevin was not really a determined hockey player but also gave inspiration to anyone he played with. Kevin was always positive about everybody and never had a poor word to say. Kevin strengthend everybody's talents and if someone ever needed help he was there. I hardly ever saw him without a smile on his face. For all these attributes I knew he was not only a wonderful husband but also a wonderful father. Kevin will surely be missed but he will also always be the on the ice with us coaching and playing. I will never forget such a friend. Kyle Thorne, August 10, 2011 Jodie, Ben, Alex- I knew Kevin from being the captain of the MCHA Warriors Hockey team where I had the extreme privilege to spend almost every Sunday playing Hockey with him. He was always positive on the bench – spurring his team-mates on to become better or congratulating them on their accomplishments. He led by example with the perfect balance of aggressive competitiveness, humility, and composed sportsmanship; always working hard to make those around him better. His relentless commitment to the team’s success on every shift has become the foundation on how we play ‘Warriors Hockey’. He was a man of integrity that we all could aspire to and who will be dearly missed both on; and even more so off this ice. When my wife and kids could make the games, he would always take the time to stop and speak with them before and after the game - giving ‘high-fives’ and such to the kids– which to 4 and 5 year-olds meant the world for someone from ‘Daddy’s Team' talking with them. It was those little gestures of kindness that speak mountains to Kevin’s character. My wife and I will always be grateful for his kindness and attention he showed our kids and I consider myself deeply blest for the opportunity to have known him. My Family’s deepest condolences go out to you and yours and please know that you will be in our hearts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Matt Ridgway, August 10, 2011 Jodie, Alex, and Ben Kevin was that rare individual that was truly genuine without really having to say anything. For the past 2 years, just about every Sunday and some Saturdays, Kevin and I were line mates for the Warriors hockey team. His life seemed to parallel what he did on the ice - work, hustle and have a great time. Kevin will be someone I will always remember. Josh Marcy, August 10, 2011 We met Kevin, Jodie & the boys during our stay in Switzerland. What began as a casual friendship blossomed into a beautiful relationship and strong family bond. We feel truly blessed to have had those precious moments with you. We'll never forget the times we spent in Switzerland, in Montreal and in Texas -- now more cherished than ever... We love you and miss you. To Jodie, Ben and Alex. We will always be here for you. Love Emilio, Mirella, Giuliano, Cassandra and Dante. Emilio, Mirella & the kids Luponio, August 9, 2011 Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during your time of loss. The Gailliard Family. Gary C. Gailliard, August 9, 2011 Dearest Jodie, Ben and Alex, Our love and prayers go out to you in such a tragic time. Although the shock and ache cannot be taken away, we pray that the Holy Spirit will fill your hearts and comfort you knowing that Kevin is at peace. Kevin was, is and always will be a very special person - a true gentleman and friend. We are greatful to have known him and share in the sorrow of his passing. Jennifer, mark and Marek Wazny, August 9, 2011 Jodie, Ben, Alex, I knew Kevin through both our MCHA and DPSC teams. He was always a positive presence in the locker room and on the ice. He was an ideal example of a hard working hockey player and demonstrated supreme sportsmanship to his fellow teammates and opponents. I knew that anytime Kevin showed up for a game I would end up having a great game myself simply because his presence and competitive spirit made the contests more enjoyable, regardless of their outcome. His playing skill and effort were admirable and contributed in so many ways to the Warriors’ successes. I’ve learned much from watching and playing alongside him. He was a genuinely wonderful person to be around. Although I did not know him in depth beyond the realm of hockey, I could tell by conversation directly with him and by others that above all else, his family was his top priority. It was another trait about him that I truly admired, and in my opinion the best indicator of a truly great man, father, and husband. Thus, I am honored to have known Kevin, through one of his passions in the game of hockey, and also honored to have had the privilege in being one his teammates. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten by us all. Jeff Shelton, August 9, 2011 Jodie, Ben and Alex, I wish you comfort and peace during your time of loss. Kevin was a very special person. I had the pleasure of working with Kevin for the last year. I saw his heart for others in his mentoring and guidance. He was always ready with a smile. Hardly a day passed without him sharing an anecdote about one or both of the boys. He was so very proud of you. His values and character were rooted deep and I pray, Ben and Alex, you will grow with the same strengths as your father. There is no way to express the deep loss caused by his passing, but we can rest in the memories of the time he spent with us. Thank you for sharing him with us and God bless you. Christine Millies, August 9, 2011 My deepest sympathy for Kevin's family at this very tough time. I had the luxury of calling Kevin my best friend from the time we were 8 years old. Although our paths grew apart I always kept Kevin in my mind and in my heart. I will always hold many fond memories of staying with him and his family at the summer cottage and fishing. Winnipeg was never the same once you left. Take care Buddy John Cherka, August 9, 2011 I knew Kevin for only about two years and mainly through the hockey we played together. It was always a joy to see Jodie and him with Ben and Alex at the Allen Americans' hockey games. I had the privilege of playing on the same line as Kevin and every night that I got to play with him was a great night. Every time that I would get frustrated at my play or the game, he would always remind me that we were just there to have fun and hockey success always comes in waves. I've never played with anyone that gave as much as Kevin, both on the ice and off the ice. Any game that I didn't get to play with him I would wonder how much better I would have done if Kevin had been my center that night. Hockey is such a small part of life, but I know just from playing hockey with Kevin, what kind of man he was in the rest of his life. He talked non stop about Ben and Alex. He was so proud of them. He would always talk about how much fun he had trying to keep up with both of them. I can't even describe just how much he meant to me as a friend and a teammate. Every time I play hockey, I will always think about how wonderful of a person he was and how much effort he gave every single time. He will be greatly missed on the ice as much as he will be in every other aspect of life. Seth Pascale, August 9, 2011 I am so sorry for your families loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Christine Christine East, August 8, 2011 My heartfelt prayers for you and your family May Gods love fill you with peace debbie stoffel, August 8, 2011 Jodie, Ben, and Alex - My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Kevin was a wonderful man and all of us who had the great opportunity to work with him feel blessed to have crossed his path. He was an amazing leader and role model who was exceptionally proud of his family. God Bless all of you as you work through this very difficult time. Kary Williams, August 8, 2011 I knew Kevin through our MCHA hockey team. He always exemplified a quiet and humble leadership both on an off the ice. It has been a real privilege to be a small part of his life and he will be remembered with great respect as a man to emulate in life. Cecil Linke, August 8, 2011 My heart goes out to you and your family during this time of sorrow. Carolyn Cross, August 8, 2011 Play Hockey on the ice and the conversation and advice about my son Jud's hockey career. Marc, Kelly and Jud Criss, August 8, 2011 Kevin will be missed. Jodi, Ben and Alex are in our thoughts and prayers Brad, Diane, Austin & Alec Welhouse Brad Welhouse, August 8, 2011 While I had the pleasure to work with Kevin,I will always consider him a friend first. Nearly every conversation we had at some point circled back to our families. It was always abundantly clear what joy and fullfillment his family provided him. I pray that the love he felt for his family will sustain you all throughout your lives. I pray that his boys will always know of his great pride in them. I pray that they may grow up reflecting Kevin's character and values. I can think of no better role model. Jonathan M Holmes, August 8, 2011 Kevin was my fellow Canadian teammate on the Warriors hockey club. People joked our team was so good because our Canadians were better than the other team's Canadians. And Kevin was the best. He was a wonderful role-model, hard-worker and an absolutely fabulous person. I am honoured to have known Kevin. I have no doubt he is now blessed with eternal happiness in the grace of God's kingdom. To his family, I wish you all peace, comfort and a presence of mind knowing that he is truly in a better place right now. God Bless You. You are all in our prayers. Jeff Henricks, August 8, 2011 My dear friend Jodie - Words cannot express the deep sorrow I feel for you and the boys. Kevin was such a wonderful husband and father and I know you loved and cherished him. Please know you will be in my daily thoughts and prayers as I ask God to wrap his arms around you and give you peace. I love you and hope I can visit you soon! - Julie - Julianne Cole, August 8, 2011 Dear Jodie, Benjamin and Kevin, Kevin and I had played hockey together on two teams for the past 2-years and it's an under statement to say he was greatly admired and respected! I was elected to serve as captain this summer season and I immediately reached-out to Kevin to ask if he would serve as my assistant captain and of course he graciously accepted. Kevin had a quiet, but strong and unassuming personality that was perfectly suitable for a leadership role. His humility, incredible hustle, and overall experience lent great depth to the team inspiring everyone around him to strive for excellence. We both played hockey as youths and I often kidded him that we boys from Detroit had no problem whipping them Canucks. We often talked about our boys and the fact that they followed in their old man’s footsteps, but that they still had big skates to fill. Kevin was truly one of the finest men I’ve ever had the great privilege of knowing and I’m not one prone to emotion, but his passing hit me hard and I was moved to tears. I will think of him every time I hit the ice and when the Canucks play the Red Wings. Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences. Yours in sorrow, Mario S. Cisneros Mario Cisneros, August 8, 2011 Mrs. Buhse and family, you are in my prayers during this difficult time in the passing of Kevin. He was my boss at Lineage Power for the time that he was there. Nona Jones, August 7, 2011 Kevin was an amazing man, husband,and father. He touched so many lives. We were truly blessed to have spent time with him here on earth. He is with his Father in Heaven and at peace. We will miss him and his loving spirit. His face would light up when he talked of his travels and his family. Kevin traveled the world and had some amazing experiences. We loved hearing about them. Thank you Buhse Family for being our friends. We have enjoyed every moment. May God bless you. Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed by so many. Jim and Darla Larene Goodman, August 6, 2011