The Wauseon Downtown Association (WDA) is pleased to announce Carl and Sharon Buehrer as grand marshals of the 2014 Christmas Parade. The honored guests will be riding in a beautiful horse drawn surrey as part of the annual event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 29.
In their 55 years together, the Buehrers have continually served Fulton County in many ways. Mr. Buehrer served for 40 years on the Fulton County Fair Board, leading many departments and committees, with 39 years as president. Carl is noted for perfect attendance for 47 years as a member of the Rotary Club. He was also honored as Wauseon Citizen of the Year and received numerous awards and recognitions in Halls of Fame. Currently, he serves as president of the Fulton County Historical Society Board of Trustees.
After working at Miller Super Valu in Swanton, Carl opened the first Coast to Coast hardware store in the state of Ohio. He and Sharon owned and operated the store for 32 years while also raising their 3 children. The couple hired many students through local DECA and Vo-Ag programs. Carl used this opportunity to teach the students effective leadership, common-sense management skills, and hard work ethic while cultivating a participative spirit. Though Carl has retired from the hardware business, Sharon continues to work 3 ½ days at Ace hardware. They both say that the store was hard work, but fun.
Mrs. Buehrer also serves as the secretary, organist and pianist for their church in Winameg. She has served as Co-Chairman of the Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) and is a long-time member. Sharon enjoys sewing and making quilts with her fellow church members and is part of the needlework group, the Samplers. During her childrearing days, she volunteered at Pike school as a cook and playground aide. Additionally, her service with the Migrant program has made a positive impact on many children.
In his retirement, Carl enjoys working in his gardens and spending time with the family. The couple is blessed with 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The Buehrer family has been having family reunions for over 100 years. Both he and Sharon are active in their church, Pike township, Aetna Grange, Fulton County Fair Foundation, the American Legion and Fulton County Historical Society.
After graduating from Chesterfield Dover High School, Carl served in the United States Army as an Operation and Intelligence specialist. Sharon’s schooling began in a one-room school house. In the 2nd grade she moved to Pike, and later graduated from Delta High School.
When asked what their advice is for being so successful, the couple shared, “Work as a team, put aside individualism.”(Carl) “Life is what you make it, and only you can do it.” (Sharon)
Please join the Wauseon Downtown Association and our Grand Marshals at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 29. The 2014 Christmas Parade will start at the Fulton County Courthouse and travel north down Fulton Street filling Historic Downtown Wauseon Business District with lights, music, and merriment. Santa will be awaiting visits from the children at the Wauseon Depot immediately following the parade. Cookies and Cocoa will be served at the Depot and carolers will be singing to kick off the holiday season.
Anyone interested in helping with the parade may contact the WDA through our website, www.wauseondowntown.org