Howard Buhrman served in World War II as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an engineer at Pangborn in Hagerstown until his retirement in 1980. At the age of 65, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail over six months.
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Miriam Leatherman Buhrman was a secretary for Morgan Keller Inc., until her retirement in 1983.
During their retirement years, they traveled extensively.
They have six children, Charles, David, Richard, Nelson, Rachel and Nevin.