Bruce Vierheller

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Bruce James Vierheller, 67, of Waterloo, IL, born January 4, 1955, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, June 13, 2022, at his residence.

Bruce was a self-employed small engine repair mechanic for many years. He was a voracious reader of many subjects with a particular interest in military history. He was known for a dry sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with many friends who stopped by to visit.

He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Vierheller; his maternal grandparents, Edward “Pop” and Emelie, nee Schoenborn, Cortner; and his paternal grandparents Leo and Mathilda “Tilly”, nee Kloess, Vierheller.

Survivors are his wife of 30 years, Catherine, nee McGrath, Vierheller, whom he married on September 13, 1991; his mother Myrtle, nee Cortner, Vierheller; sister, Nancy Ann McNay; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews; numerous cousins.

Memorials may be made to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) or to the charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Gerald Bach officiating.

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL


17 Comments on Bruce Vierheller

Dave and Rhonda Metcalf said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 8:49 AM

In loving memory on the loss of our great friend Bruce. He will be sadly missed but not forgotten. Always had a good time whenever he was around! May he Rest In Peace, Dave Rhoda and Blake

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Roger A Jenkins said : Guest Report Jun 28, 2022 at 3:26 PM

Peaches...sorry for the loss...will forever tell about the"mailbox" and the sound of one more and we all's to Brucecondolances RJ

  • IL
Jay Nicks said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2022 at 3:33 PM

Nancy, So sorry for your loss. Cherish the many memories.

  • Venice
  • FL
Patricia Simmonds said : Guest Report Jun 18, 2022 at 12:56 PM

Omg We just found out about Bruce, what a shock. He was one of the nicest guys we ever met and a great neighbor. We talk about him all the time. God Bless.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Margaret said : Guest Report Jun 18, 2022 at 9:27 AM

Cath...big hugs and prayers for you now and going forward from myself and Rhonda. Godspeed to Bruce, his life and the memories will be cherished and held in all our hearts, always. 'One-More-One-More'

  • Springfield
  • IL
Mark Forcade said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2022 at 8:30 AM

Cathy, Myrtle, Nancy and families. I was very sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was the best mechanic and friend My thought’s and prayers are with you.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Michael, Lauren & Connor McGrath said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2022 at 8:15 AM

Sis, Myrt & Nancy, We share in your loss of Bruce. He loved you deeply. He was truly a good man, good brother, good uncle, good friend and someone who’s opinion I greatly respected. He always seem to have a “handle on things” and always made me think. It is indeed a sad day and yet, every time I think of him I get a great big smile. You are always in our prayers.

  • Downingtown
  • PA.
Joe & Cathy Johnson said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2022 at 12:19 AM

Sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed our sessions in the shed.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Dawn and Kevin Peil (class of ‘73) said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2022 at 7:56 PM

Bruce was a one of a kind fun loving deep soul. Enjoyed his spirit and sense of humor immensely. He will always be remembered. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Megan Schmid said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2022 at 5:34 PM

Aunt Cathy, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Bruce's passing. Know that you are in my prayers and that he was loved by many. Love, Megan, Ben, Benny, Alex, and Evie

  • MO
Kay & Gary Rist said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2022 at 4:44 PM

We share in your sadness of the loss of Bruce and are honored to have had him as a great friend. You couldn't ask for a better mechanic and friend. Rest in peace Bruce. Till we meet again. Here's to you... One more, one more!

  • Hecker
  • IL
Brad Meinkoth said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2022 at 8:33 AM

So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was without question the best small engine mechanic I’ve ever meet, but you had better plan on 1-2 hours to pick up something! He had a quick wit and was a good friend and as fair a business man as you could meet! Will miss you my friend.

  • Lebanon
  • Il
Nora Jean Hartmann said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2022 at 2:53 PM

So sorry Peaches! God has some great company right now. He will be truly missed.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
John and Gail Hunter said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2022 at 9:43 AM

Cathy, Myrt and Nancy Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Luv Gail, Mom and John❤️

  • Millstadt
  • Ill
Bob & Sam Hattan said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2022 at 8:39 AM

So sad to hear him pass. He was such a good fun loving person and will be sadly missed.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Gary Hopfinger said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2022 at 8:45 PM

Myrt and Nancy So sorry to read of Bruce’s passing. Cherish the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Lake Placid
  • FL
Dick & Renee Schmid said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2022 at 5:57 PM

Dear Peaches & family, Dick & I are so very sorry for your loss. We're sure he'll be missed by all. May your sorrow, one day, lighten and change to smiles as you remember Bruce with fun stories and fond memories of your lives together. Heartfelt hugs from us to you, Peaches.

  • New Athens
  • IL

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