Lawrence Wuest

Lawrence Wuest
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Lawrence Edward Wuest, 79, of Belleville, IL, born June 9, 1936, died Saturday, May 7, 2016, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Wuest retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after 32 years of service.  He was a graduate of Cathedral Grade School and Cathedral High School.  He attended Belleville Area College and Washington University.  Larry was a longtime active member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish, a member of the Catholic War Veterans, and a supporter of the Kendall County (IL) Special Olympics.

Larry loved to golf and was able to make five hole-in-ones in his golf career.  He also shot his age numerous times starting in his late sixties.  He was a former member of several golf teams, most recently the Orchards team, and enjoyed working as Orchards Golf Course Marshall, especially for the Tuesday Night Ladies’ League.  Most importantly, Larry was known for being a friendly guy with a sense of humor and a great smile.

Larry was very active with many hobbies, including golf, baseball, football, bridge, bowling, fishing, chess, archery, hunting, and playing around with his grandchildren.  Larry was an avid Cubs fan, as was his grandfather, father, uncle, son, and grandson.  It was God’s plan for Larry to take his last breath as the Cubs had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the 7th when Addison Russell hit a two-run double to take the lead and eventually win the game.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence J. “Lornie” and Ottilia L., nee Blaies, Wuest; and two brothers, Roger F. Wuest and Leslie V. Wuest.

Surviving is his wonderful wife of 50 years, Jeanette Marilyn, nee Schmid, Wuest, whom he married on June 18, 1966.  Larry is also survived by a son, John Wuest of Belleville, IL; three daughters, Lucy, nee Wuest, Ruegsegger and son-in-law, Robert, of Chicago, IL; Laura, nee Wuest, Bennett and son-in-law, Craig, of Dallas Ft. Worth, TX; and Maria, nee Wuest, LaBrier of Quincy, IL.  He was a proud grandfather to Matthew Lawrence, Jennifer, Kathryn and Anna Ruegsegger, Alexander and William Lawrence Bennett, and Jack LaBrier.  Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Shirley Deitz; sister-in-law, Pamela (John) Kramer; and brothers-in-law, Richard (Renee) Schmid and Robert Schmid.  He leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and dearest lifelong friends.

Memorials may be made to Notre Dame Academy (formerly Cathedral Grade School), Catholic Urban Programs, or KCSO Family & Friends (Kendall County Special Olympics at  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful family, friends, and neighbors for their kindness and generosity.  A special thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 and from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 12, from the funeral home for a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.  Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.

Condolences Left For Lawrence Wuest

Deepest sympathy from all the Blaies Family. We had many fun times with the Wuest family. Attending family reunion, E mails You are in our thoughts and prayers

Bob Blaies, Belleville, Il., 62220

Jeanette and Family. We were so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. Always remember his great smile as well as the bridge games and IAHE conventions. He was a great co-worker and will be missed

Tom & Linda Wuertz, Millstadt, IL, 62260

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry was a great man and friend.

Jim & Carol Cange, Nashville, Il, 62263 5802

Maria and Family,
My prayers are with you and my deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. May the memories of all of the good times with him help comfort the loss.
Amy Bruney, Quincy SHRM Chapter

Amy Bruney, Quincy, Il, 62305

A Salute from the 6th floor,


Maria: I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories and being close with family right now be a great comfort to you during this difficult time. HUGS!!!

Darla White, Danville, IL, 61832

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Wishing you all peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Tim and Julie Bonansinga

Tim and Julie Bonansinga, Quincy, IL, 62301

Open of the nicest men I have ever met. My deepest sympathy to you, Nurse Wiest and family

James Hopper, brighton, il, 62012


I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I will keep you and your whole family in my prayers. God Bless


Diane Herrmann, Belleville, IL, 62220

Jeanette …
Although Larry and I were grade school classmates and my husband, Jim, and Larry were in high school together,I remember both of you best from the HS Class reunions. Larry will be missed but hopefully you will be there. It was from this network that I knew of Larry’s illness as we were asked to pray for him and your family. I now pray that the family’s memories of the happy times you shared will bring you comfort and peace. Judy Conley

Judy Conley, Belleville, IL, 62223


2 Comments on Lawrence Wuest

Kathryn Ruegsegger said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2019 at 9:51 PM

I’m going to miss you so much grandpa, I can’t imagine being where I am today without you . I’ll miss our talks sitting the back porch on the orchard.

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Kathryn Ruegsegger said : Guest Report Jul 30, 2019 at 9:50 PM

I’m going to miss you so much grandpa, I can’t imagine being where I am today without you . I’ll miss our talks sitting the back porch on the orchard.

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