Obituary: Father Ronald Buchmiller


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SAN DIEGO — Father Ronald J. Buchmiller, a retired priest of the Diocese of San Diego, died Aug. 16 at the age of 78.

Born on Nov. 14, 1944, he was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 20, 1969.

Father Buchmiller served as an associate pastor in a succession of parishes, including St. Martin of Tours in La Mesa (1970-1973), St. Vincent de Paul in San Diego (1973), St. Francis de Sales in Riverside (1973-1976), St. Charles Borromeo in San Diego (1976-1978) and St. Rose of Lima in Chula Vista (1978-1979).

For 22 years, from 1979 to 2002, he served as a U.S. Navy chaplain, based in San Diego.

He was pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lakeside for 18 years until his retirement on July 1, 2021.

The funeral vigil will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lakeside. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. the following day, also at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. A reception will follow the Mass.


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