Hans Wilhelm Buhrfeind, affectionately known as ‘Opi’ by his grandchildren, passed away on Thursday, Jan 27th.
The son of Johannes Maximallian Buhrfeind and Rose Marie Frick, Hans was born in Rotenburg, Germany on July 28th, 1942.
As a student, he began working for Kulenkampff & Konitzky in Bremen, Germany. In April 1963, he immigrated to Houston, Texas, where he helped start Kulkoni, Inc., an international import/export company specializing in industrial supplies and wire rope for the oilfield and marine industries. Hans dedicated himself professionally to Kulkoni for over 50 years.
On August 5th, 1967, he married Diana Lee Glanz, and they began a wonderful life of 44 years together. Through the years, Hans and Diana passionately enjoyed ranching and travelling and were fortunate enough to visit each of the seven continents of the world. He was an exceptional husband, father, ‘Opi’, business man, friend and mentor. Opi will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity. He was a true gentleman.
He is survived by his loving wife Diana, their children Eric and Christina; daughter-in-law, Lori Buhrfeind, son-in-law, Chip Van Os; grandchildren, Claire and Jack Buhrfeind, Georgia, Anna and Henry Van Os. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to International Medical Outreach in care of Dr. Todd Price, 915 Gessner, Suite 620, Houston, TX 77024. We will celebrate his life on Friday, February 4th at 10am at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, which is located at 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024.