RIP, Mike Buhler

From staff reports

The Glen Arbor community, family and friends, and the braintrust of the Glen Arbor Sun newspaper are devastated by the sudden passing, Aug. 16, of H. Michael Buhler, who died of a heart attack. He was 57 years young.

A native of Grosse Pointe, a proud Michigan Wolverine, and a longtime businessman, teacher and booster of his adopted Leelanau County, Buhler leaves a void in our hearts the size of the Manitou Passage.

Buhler landed in Glen Arbor in the late 1980s as a teacher and admissions director of the Leelanau School. He served on numerous local boards and organizations, including the Glen Arbor Arts Center, was part owner of the Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co. until his retirement at the end of 2017.

“Uncle Mike” to many, he was a cheerful optimist, always. As co-editor of the Glen Arbor Sun for the past 20 years, he helped turn the biweekly newspaper into an attractive, full-color newsprint magazine with advertisements and images that pop, and stories that educate—a true asset of this vibrant community.

Moving forward without him will be excruciatingly difficult. But, as a community, we will find a way.