John M. Buhl, 65, a retired budget official in the Department of Agriculture's consumer and marketing service and a former administrator of the city of College Park, died of cancer Thursday at his home in College Park.

Mr. Buhl, who was born in La Harpe, Ill., moved to the Washington area in 1937 and joined the Department of Agriculture as a messenger. During World Was II, he served with the Army, saw combat in Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star.

He returned to USDA after the war and remained there until he retired in 1971 as the director of budget and finance for the consumer and marketing service.

Mr. Buhl then served for four years as assistant city administrator and treasurer for the city of College Park.

He was a member of American Legion Post 217 in College Park and was a past president of the College Park Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian, whom he married in 1947, of College Park; a son, Charles, of Laurel; a sister, Ethel Small of Galesburg, Ill., a brother, Sheldon, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.