Gene Ellerbusch

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Gene E. Ellerbusch, 83, of Belleville, IL, born February 6, 1938, in Okawville, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, with family at his side.

Mr. Ellerbusch worked for many years as an insurance claims adjuster and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1956-1964. He also served two terms as an alderman for the city of Fairview Heights, IL, where he was the proud visionary and founder of the Midwest Salute to the Arts, which is still held every year.  Gene was a talented craftsman who very much enjoyed both building and flying model airplanes. But what he enjoyed almost more than anything else, was bringing smiles and laughter into the lives of all those he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Esther, nee Busekrus, Ellerbusch; three siblings, Roland “Dick” Ellerbusch, Morris “Moe” Ellerbusch, and Alvera “Viv” Steding; and a special aunt, Ruth Busekrus.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Phyllis, nee Vielweber, Ellerbusch; two daughters, Kathy (Jeff) Alt of Freeburg, IL, and Angela (J.D.) Sheppard of Glen Carbon, IL; four grandchildren, Christopher (Lizzy) Alt, Haley Alt, Nicolas Sheppard and Evan Sheppard; his beloved dog, Teddy; a sister, Roberta Brady of Belleville, IL; and a brother, Glenn Ellerbusch of Harvest Hill, TX.

The family would like to give special thanks to Family Hospice and the New Athens Home for the Aged for all their special care and concern given to Gene and the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice, 5110 West Main Street, Belleville, IL  62226. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Private visitation for family and very close friends will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be observed.

Funeral: Private funeral services for family and very close friends will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL

 

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27 Comments on Gene Ellerbusch

Patricia Parsaghian said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2021 at 8:07 PM

Phyllis, so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. My prayers and thoughts to you and your family. May your fond memories carry you through the difficult times.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Amy Albrecht, BJC HomeCare said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 PM

Praying for peace in your heart, Mrs. Ellerbusch. I will always remember Gene’s quick wit and the pride he had in his collection of model airplanes. Cherish your memories together....

  • Waterloo
  • IL
PattyAnn Reiss said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 8:10 PM

Phyllis So sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Carol Gutherz said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 11:52 AM

So sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Carol & Bob Gutherz said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2021 at 11:49 AM

So verysorry for your loss,, my prayers are with you,

  • Millstadt
  • Ill
Karmen and Bill said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2021 at 3:42 PM

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mary Lou Peter said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2021 at 2:16 PM

Phyllis please remember Gene is no longer sad. Time is a great healer. Please except my sympathy

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Dave and Cathy Hughed said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2021 at 10:22 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family!

  • Swansea
  • Il
Beverly Lawrence said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2021 at 8:38 AM

Phyllis, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Doris Houghtaling said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 6:28 PM

I am so very sorry Phyllis. I hope you feel the love of family, friends and especially our Lord Jesus Christ. The best is yet to be

  • Sugar Grove
  • Illinois
Doris Houghtaling said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 6:23 PM

I am so very sorry Phyllis. May you feel the love of your friends, family and especially our Lord and Savior. The best is yet to be!

  • Sugar Grove
  • Illinois
Davey and Fern Lunsford said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 4:50 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Judith L Newman said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 4:12 PM

We are so very sorry for the loss of Gene. He has been in our thoughts and prayers since finding out Gene was a resident at the NA Home.. We send our deepest sympathy to Dolly and his beautiful family.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Kelli Goodwin said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 3:35 PM

Im so sorry to hear of Gene's passing Phil. Wish I could give you a hug. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Bonnie Richardson said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 3:18 PM

My deepest condolences to the family, and all who loved Gene. What a loss.

  • Chicago
  • IL
Betty Suemnicht said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 12:35 PM

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Judy Bugger said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 12:13 PM

Phyliss please accept my sympathy. I know what you are going through. Always hold all his memories in your heart. Those memories will get you through the tough times. All my love. Judy

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Judy Culli said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 11:50 AM

Am thinking of Gene and your loss. We know he is at peace now.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Rev. Joan Mier said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 11:37 AM

To Dolly and family, the members of Concordia UCC send our deepest sympathies and will be keeping all of you in our loving prayers. We have heard of such wonderful things about Gene from Natalie and have prayed for him in times of great illness. God bless you and keep you in holy care now and always❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joan capps said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 10:20 AM

So sorry for your loss. My god bless and keep you.

  • Orange
  • Ca
The Keeley Family said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 9:37 AM

We are sorry for your loss. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Barbara Logan said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 7:55 AM

Phyllis and Family, Accept our Deepest Sympathies! May the Peace of our Lord be with you all. Barb and Vic

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jerry and Karen Phillips said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 7:54 AM

So sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time .

  • Belleville
  • Il
Donna & Wayne Sympson said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2021 at 7:49 AM

We are thinking of you and are so sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Peggy Emery said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2021 at 8:43 PM

Sending my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2021 at 4:54 PM

So sorry for your loss Phyllis. Please except my deepest sympathy. Miss seeing you at church...

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Bruce & Kathy Stein said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2021 at 3:39 PM

Our sincere condolences to all of you

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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