Bruce “Buckwheat” Segler

Bruce “Buckwheat” Segler, age 64, passed away from small cell lung cancer on May 1, 2019, at his home in Mesa, AZ. He was a longtime resident of Prior Lake, MN.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, June 1, at 11 am, with a time of gathering starting at 9 am, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 16400 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake. Father Tom Walker will preside, with nephew, Greg Segler, as urn bearer. Buckwheat will be laid to rest at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.  

In Glencoe, MN, on November 5, 1954, Bruce Allen was born to parents Edwin August and Esther Louisa (Foster) Segler. The youngest of eight children, he and his family settled their roots in Prior Lake, where they were members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. As a young boy, Buckwheat took a strong interest in cars. He spent countless hours working side by side repairing engines with his older brother, Harlan.   

While in high school, Buckwheat started working part time for Green Giant (now called Silgan Container). After graduating from Prior Lake High School in 1973, he dedicated the next 37 years working various positions, before retiring on May 1, 2010.   

Buckwheat’s life was enriched meeting Jeanne Lentner. They began dating and on July 12, 1980, Buckwheat and Jeanne exchanged wedding vows at St. Michael Catholic Church. They too settled their roots in Prior Lake, where they welcomed a baby boy, named Michael. Spending time together was precious for Buckwheat, since his job was demanding at times. When they could, the three enjoyed ice fishing on Mille Lacs and at the local ice fishing contests, some traveling, car shows and local fairs. 

Buckwheat had many passions, his 1970 Monte Carlo, riding his Harley with Jeanne a long side of him, taking motorcycle trips with friends. For many years, he helped out friends at various racetracks drag racing. You could find Buckwheat in his garage or someone else’s garage tinkering on a car and trying to get his hands on a special green truck. Even in Mesa, he continued his tinkering but it was with golf carts. Buckwheat’s greatest passion…being a Papa to his 3 grandchildren. He relished face timing and coming home to Minnesota to be with Kyndra, Scott and Jason.  

In September of 2010, Buckwheat and Jeanne bought a home in the Las Palmas Community of Mesa, AZ. The following August, they made Mesa their permanent home. Buckwheat quickly was known as the ‘Neighborhood Handyman.’ If anyone needed anything fix, they called him. In Buckwheat’s spare time, he enjoyed spending time at the community pool.  Buckwheat and Jeanne loved to go dancing, as he loved his music, attending local shows and playing cards with friends. They especially loved exploring Arizona and all its beauty. 

Buckwheat was the life of the party and loved conversing with family and friends. He greeted you with that big smile, with his famous dimples, followed by the renowned bear hug. This then was trailed by a joke or two, making you smile and laugh. Buckwheat had this amazing big heart, touching countless hearts through the years.  

The legacy of Bruce Allen Segler will live on in the hearts of his beloved wife, Jeanne; son, Michael (Brittany) Segler; adoring grandchildren, Kyndra, Scott, Jason; siblings, Harlan (Carol) Segler, Diane Schroeder, Donna Busacker, Charles Segler, Dale (Peggy) Segler; many relatives and friends 

Greeting Buckwheat in eternal peace are his parents, Edwin and Esther; brother, Edwin Segler; sister, Darlene Borka; brothers-in-law, Keith Schroeder, William Busacker; nieces, Kimberly Borka, Octvia Schroeder, Lisa Segler, Deb Segler; great-nieces, MicKenzy Rae Segler and Grace Moeller.  

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Segler family. 

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  1. Stephanie Renslow

    Mike and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I’m so glad you were able to see him recently. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Bruce and Carmen Janssen

    We knew Buckweat for a few years and felt like we knew him forever . We were truly blessed to have known him.He always had a smile and a joke or two to share. He always had a helping hand if you needed him. Buckweat had a heart of gold and truly will be missed. Bruce and Carmen Janssen,Love and prayers

  3. Deb (Jabs) Grover

    My condolences, l am so sorry for ur loss. Thinking back to the late 70’s and early 80’s – so many fun memories. Please take care, may god be with you during this difficult time!

  4. I am so saddened to hear of Bruce’s leaving us here on earth- til we meet again.
    I’ll always remember his pranks & jovial spirit at Silgan.
    My thoughts go out to to family at this trying time.
    And Mike, don’t be to strong , You lost an amazing father , you were blessed & he’ll forever be by your side
    May the Lord Hold You In The Palm of His Hand.

  5. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

    • Dave Siehndel

      Jeannie sorry to hear about Bruce thoughts and prayers for you and family. Dave and Cheryl Siehndel

  6. Dan and Terri Sebzda

    We had the pleasure of knowing a big man with a big heart!! Buckwheat was a good friend and things will not be the same this Fall without him. He will be missed but will always be remembered. He’ll always be looking over Dan’s shoulder while he’s rebuilding that old Harley! God bless!!

  7. Gene and Mary Grommesch

    Jeannie and family sorry to hear of Buckwheats passing we had some great times together he will surly be missed.

  8. John and Jacque Lero

    Jeanne , our heart goes out to you and your family.
    Also our thoughts and prayers . Buckwheat was a good , nice and fun Guy . He will be missed by all who knew him .
    Our condolences.

  9. Jeannie and family:
    I am so very sorry to read of Bruce’s passing. What a great and funny guy he was, and my only “son”.
    My deepest condolences to you all.
    Shirley “Ma” Theis

  10. Jenne,
    So sorry to hear about Buckwheat! Made a lot of great memories with him! My prayers go out to you and Mikey!

  11. So sorry to hear about Bruce. I have many fond Memories of our boundry waters trips. He was a great guy to joke around with. I know my dad really enjoyed his friendship to. My sincere sympathies. Rick Dahn

  12. Linda and Ron Callahan

    Jeannie, Mike and family we are saddened for your loss beyond what words can say. Buckwheat was the best friend anyone could ever have. I miss him so much. We are here to help in any way possible.

    • Art & Veronique Morin

      It was through Buckwheat we met all the wonderful people from Prior Lake and Las Palmas. He was a
      magnet for people and good times. It was terrible to hear that we had lost such a great person, but also realize that he is in a much better place.
      Our deepest condolences to all family members, and heart felt thanks for being our neighbors,

      Art & Veronique Morin

  13. Tom F Boegeman

    sorry Jeannie ! Bruce was always fun hewill be missed

    • Jeanne, Sending heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Judy Arkuszewski

    Jeanne and family, I’m so sorry about the loss of your husband. Remember all the good times together. I hope I can attend the service on Saturday, but, I had surgery on my bunion and having a hard time walking. You have my deepest sympathy, I’m praying for you and your family in your loss. Love you Judy Deppa Arkuszewski

  15. Joseph Hector Paquin

    Jeanne and family, I’m so sorry about the loss of Buckwheat, we just heard about it today.
    Our deepest condolences

    Hector & Shirley Paquin

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