Virgil Oeltjen

Virgil Oeltjen
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Virgil Oeltjen, 79, of Swansea, IL, born January 26, 1945, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, April 1, 2024, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Virgil worked as a wireman in the electrical industry for 32 years, before his retirement. He was a member of the IBEW Local 309, past president of the Freeburg Sportsman’s Club, an original member of Paderborn Bass Club, and past member of the GFFPDA. Virgil was an avid outdoorsman whose hobbies were hunting, fishing, and a being a member of Ducks Unlimited. He was also a lifelong sports fan. Virgil was a United States Navy Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon H. Oeltjen and Opal D., nee Helbig, Koesterer.

Virgil is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Janet R., nee Greenlee, Oeltjen, whom he married on June 30, 1978; two daughters, Sheila (Chad) Nolan and Leanne (George) Hausdorf; a son, Brian (Jill) Oeltjen; seven grandchildren, Andrew (Summer) Hausdorf, George (Madison) Hausdorf, Braedyn (Brandie) Hausdorf, Hunter Oeltjen, Zane Oeltjen, Mitchell (Paytin) Nolan, and Logan (Kassie) Mueth; a great-grandchild, Sutton Rose Mueth; five siblings, Jane (Bill) Self, John (Kay) Oeltjen, Ora Mae (Jeff) Wood, Judy (Kevin) Haegele, and Janice (Chris) Starek; and many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Freeburg Sportsman’s Club or to the Freeburg Youth Trap Team. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Military honors will be held at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Burial will be held at a later date.



7 Comments on Virgil Oeltjen

Jack and Mavis Shook said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2024 at 2:11 PM

We were very sorry to hear of Virgil's passing. I have many fond memories from when we were young cousins. May God be with all of the family.

  • Springfield
  • Ill
Marybeth McAteer said : Guest Report Apr 13, 2024 at 11:10 AM

Sending condolences to the family of Virgil. He sang at our wedding many moons ago. Such a fun guy! Remember all the good times. They will bring you comfort.

  • Oro Valley
  • AZ
Mandy Nickens said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2024 at 8:48 AM

Sheila I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers of comfort and strength are with you! Mandy:)

  • Naples
  • FL
John Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Apr 06, 2024 at 11:51 AM

To Oeltjen Family, Please accept my sincere condolences on Virgil's passing. He was a wonderful high school classmate with a big sense of humor. Sincerely John

  • Indianapolis
  • IN
Gary Landes said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2024 at 8:07 PM

Sorry to learn of my cousin Virgil's passing. He was a funny, big-hearted, all around great guy. Our condolences to all.

  • Venice
  • FL
Bob and Jeannie McCall said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2024 at 6:25 PM

We were saddened to hear of Virgil's passing, he was a good friend for so many years.. Condolences to Jan and all of the family.

  • Buncombe
  • Illinois
Tom and Nancy Grafton said : Guest Report Apr 04, 2024 at 3:58 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please know that we will be here for you. Love you.

  • St. Louis
  • Mo

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