John Edward Buechner
October 12, 1952 - December 22, 2020

John Edward Buechner, 68, went peacefully to the Lord on December 22, 2020 after a heroic battle with
cancer. John was born in Indiana and spent his childhood in Fort Wayne. He graduated from R. Nelson
Snider High School in 1971 and received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Purdue University in
John relocated to Toms River, NJ in 1984 where he began his career as Director of Technical Services for
Lawn Doctor, Inc. During his career he served as president on the board of PLCAA and received many
awards and accolades from the lawn care industry. He was immensely proud to have consulted with
Rutgers University on maintaining their sports fields. He and his wife, Ann, retired in 2018 to the North
Carolina coast where they enjoyed grilling out, socializing with friends and family and spending time on
the beach. John loved to travel and also spent many happy hours playing golf with his buddies at various
courses in NJ and the Carolinas.
John is predeceased by his father, Edward Buechner, and his wife Naomi Buechner. In addition to his
beloved wife, Ann, John is survived by his mother, Phyllis Buechner and his sister Cindy Feiertag and her
husband, Tom. He is also survived by his three children, Kristina, Zeb, Toby and their spouses; his
stepchildren Jason, Helena, Leslie, Megan, Chip and their spouses, as well as many grandchildren, and a
large extended family.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a future date in PA. The family suggests that any memorial
contributions be made to cancer research.

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations.


  • Michael Cavanaugh Posted December 24, 2020 4:34 pm

    To Ann & family, I didn’t know John that long, but through our affiliation at the New Jersey Green Industry Counsel. I met someone who cared was very passion about the industry we shared. John’s advice and support helped me through a very difficult time in my professional life. I’ll always remember him.

  • Steve Madden Posted December 31, 2020 7:55 pm

    I joined Lawn Doctor as a new franchisee in January 1985 shortly after John began at Lawn Doctor.sometime in 1984. I learned so much from John over the years. In addition to being knowledgeable, John was exceptionally patient. There were many times when I would call John with questions multiple times in a day. John never made me feel like I was asking a stupid question, even though I am sure that I asked a lot of them. I had the pleasure of playing golf with John a couple of times at Lawn Doctor outings, and we were quite evenly matched (I won’t say which one of us was the “A” golfer in our group–just kidding, as anyone that has ever played with either of us would know). John, as everyone knows. was always easy to get along with and good company. I will always appreciate all the help he provided and will remember John as a really nice guy. My condolences to his family.

  • Brett Rieck Posted January 8, 2021 3:52 pm

    John and I had many (Lawn Care) meetings over the years and he was always a pleasure to work with, create, produce and develop tools for his team. He will be missed. All the best to his family..

  • Harold Enger Posted January 21, 2021 2:31 am

    I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. I was his counter part at Barefoot Grass. We had many great conversations at the GIE and at Renewal and Remembrance. He was a leader for all LCO’s acrosd the country. He will be missed.

  • Gary Ervin Posted January 22, 2021 10:07 pm

    Ann- This is still a shock to us. Linda and I think about you a lot. John was a great friend. I’ll never forget the fun “bachelor” (although John was not a bachelor at the time) weekend when he lived in Antioch, Illinois. We had a blast going up to Milwaukee to see the Braves. We even got see see Hank Aaron play in what was his last season. I will never forget or even understand how there can be so many bars in the countryside of Wisconsin. They cant have that many drinker s there. Seemed that every mile there was a bar in the middle of nowhere. Of course we had to stop at a couple of spots just to sample the Wisconsin culture!

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