Clinton Buechler

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Clinton J. “Joe” Buechler, 83, of Swansea, IL, born August 28, 1934, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, July 9, 2018, in Swansea, IL.

Clinton worked for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation before his retirement.  He was a 20-year trustee for the City of Swansea and an honorary captain of the Swansea Fire Department.  He was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church and was an usher at the church.

Some of his favorite things in life were the outdoors, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He also enjoyed grilling, dining out with friends, and his frequent visits to fire houses.

Clinton was preceded in death by a son, William “Billy” Buechler; his parents, Bernard A. and Elsie, nee Pierce, Buechler; two sisters, Irma Bareham and Arline Wilkes; a brother, Harvey Buechler; a brother-in-law, Paul Billhartz; and two sisters-in-law, Mary M. Haas and Margaret “Tookie” Reinhardt.

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Agnes G., nee Billhartz, Buechler, whom he married on May 5, 1954;
his children, Bob (Dixie) Buechler, Jim (Debbie) Buechler, Barb (Jim) Muren, Paul (Candy) Buechler, and Sue A. (Jeff) Yaekel;
nine grandchildren, Tony (Katie) Buechler, Dale (Heather) Buechler, Amanda (Chris) Jordan, Jack (Amanda) Muren, Eric (Jessica) Muren, Kimberly (Brad) Dickerson, David (Katie) Buechler, Josie Yaekel and Jared Yaekel;
13 great-grandchildren, Vivian, Violet, Dylan, Bryce, Jacob, Owen, Sam, Addison, Hannah, Gabriel, Aaron, Colton, and Colin;
four sisters-in-law, Betty Haas, Catherine (Kitty) Lanter, Veronica “Patsy” Wright, and Mary Ann Krohne;
three brothers-in-law, Vincent Billhartz, Dennis Billhartz, and Virgil Reinhardt;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 8:30 to 9:40 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral procession to leave at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 from the funeral home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


18 Comments on Clinton Buechler

Bob & Pat Schuetz said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2018 at 9:41 PM

Nellie, and family; Bob and I just learned of Clint’s passing today. Our hearts go out to each of you, but especially you, Nellie. Clint always had a smile and joke to share and we will never forget him. May God provide you the peace and comfort only He can give. We will be with you in prayer always. God Bless you and keep you! May our Lord’s loving countenance shine on Clint for all eternity.

  • Ft. Meade
  • Maryland
Fr. Gene Neff said : Guest Report Jul 14, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Just learned of Clint's death. My condolences to your family. Keeping all of you in prayer.

  • New Baden
  • IL
Stan Schubert said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2018 at 5:39 PM

My family and I are currently out of state and will be unable to attend services. I am sorry to hear about the passing of a very good friend of mine. I will cherish the memories of him forever. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Bob and Mary Phelps said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Dear Nellie, You and Clint were the first persons to speak to us when we first came to St. Augustine's. We feel blessed to sit in front of you at Saturday afternoon Mass and be your friends. We will miss Clint's smile and gentle teasing. We will keep him forever in our hearts and prayers. God bless you and your family. Love, Bob and Mary Phelps

  • Swansea
  • IL
Luke and Pat Schutzenhofer said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Bob and family so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Pauline kinder said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2018 at 1:33 PM

Bob and Dixie and family, just want to say I’m sorry to hear about your father, I know you guys live him very much, and I no he will always be in your memories, and one day you will be in paradise all together, take care of mom, she needs you desperately right now. We’re praying for your family. Love you all, and May God Bless you. Love pauline

  • Lake st. Louis
  • Mo
john stanton said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2018 at 4:50 AM

Bro. Paul, Justin and I are on vacation heading for gettysburg, Pa. We were informed of your loss and would like to express our heart-felt sadness for your time of sorrow. All of the Hecker camp SUVCW shares in your mourning. God Bless

  • godfrey
  • IL
Mary Wilfong said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2018 at 3:55 AM

May God be with your family . I am a friend of Bob and Dixie. My prayers are with you all. Im so sorry for your loss.F

  • Farr West
  • Utah
Terry and Lou Schmidt said : Guest Report Jul 12, 2018 at 9:26 PM

So sorry for you loss. He was amazing man and will be missed.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Ruth Berkel said : Guest Report Jul 12, 2018 at 6:05 PM

Nellie and family: I am sorry to hear of your loss. Just be thankful for all of the time you had together! Ruth Berkel

  • O'Fallon
  • Il.
Heather, Ed, Rachel and Kelly Hayden said : Guest Report Jul 12, 2018 at 5:34 PM

To the entire Buechler family, Words cannot express enough. I have been praying for you fervently and will continue to do so. I will always hold the memories of Clint's smiling face and laughter in my heart and know you will too. All our love to you!

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Mike Lanxon said : Guest Report Jul 12, 2018 at 10:50 AM

My condolences to the family for your loss. We will be in Chicago when services are held but wanted to tell everyone Joe is in our prayers.

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Linda Greaney Rhein said : Guest Report Jul 12, 2018 at 12:58 AM

Nellie, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.. I know he will be missed. My prayers for you, and family.

  • Smithton
  • IL.
Sue Tebbe said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2018 at 4:57 PM

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Nellie, and your family.

  • Highland (St. Rose)
  • IL
Grace Fehrmann said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2018 at 3:24 PM

Nellie, my sympathy to you and your children, I will remember all of you in my prayers.

  • Breese
  • Illinois
Darleen Nelson said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Nellie and Family, So very sorry to hear of Clint's death. Deepest sympathy and prayers for all of you. Darleen (Billhartz) & Harry Nelson

  • Aviston
  • IL
Darrell Coons said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2018 at 12:50 AM

My sincere condolences to Agnes and all of the family. It was my privilege to know Clint as Irma Bareham’s brother and for the last few years as his Chaplain at Swansea Fire. He will be truly missed!

  • Belleville
  • IL
M. Alan Wurth, asc said : Guest Report Jul 10, 2018 at 11:34 PM

Sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the family & especially to Sue, Josie and Jared.

  • Ruma
  • IL

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