Wilbert “Bill” Lugge

Wilbert “Bill” Lugge
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Wilbert A. E. “Bill” Lugge, 69, of Belleville, IL, born July 11, 1945, in Belleville IL, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, from a massive stroke that brought him to our Lord and Savior.

Bill was a decorated Navy veteran in the Vietnam War.  After returning to civilian life, Bill extended the family business of Bill’s Auto Polish for 50 years.  He was also employed and retired as City of Belleville Maintenance Supervisor. His hard work helped keep Belleville’s fountain beautiful.

Mr. Lugge was a past president and lifetime member of Southside Improvement.  He was the kind of guy that always went out of his way to help, share, and assist everyone who needed anything. These qualities made him a friend, confidant, and a wonderful employee.  He volunteered for many after-hour community projects.  His loyalty was only surpassed by his generosity.

Bill enjoyed traveling with his wife and family on both domestic and international trips, including all 50 U.S. states and many countries.  He was a well-known connoisseur and collector of music, mostly LP’s.  His music appreciation spanned all genres, cultures, and eras.  His favorite pastime was to share this vast collection with his friends and family.  One of his greatest pleasures was to regale the childhood adventures of his six brothers and two sisters.  The stories just poured out of him with such a thrill, pride, and love of family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert E. and Agnes, nee Kreke, Lugge; an infant sister, Donna Marie Lugge; and a brother, Daniel Lee Lugge.

Surviving are his wife of 44 blissful years, Kathryn, nee Robb, Lugge;
his son, Garrett Lugge of Belleville, IL;
five brothers, Gerald (Judy) Lugge of Ellis Grove, IL,
and Thomas (Joan) Lugge, Michael (Connie) Lugge,
Randy Lugge, and Rickey (Shelly) Lugge, all of Belleville, IL;
a sister, Sandra Ledbetter of Belleville, IL;
and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the church with Rev. Robert J. Dyer officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Condolences Left For Wilbert “Bill” Lugge

Bonnie, we in the Clinical Department wish to let you and your family know how saddened we were to hear about the loss of your father. You have been one of the most devoted and dedicated daughters a parent could ever wish for. All of you are in our prayers.

Debra Swindoll on behalf of Medtronic Clinical, Memphis, TN, 38132

My father worked with Mr Lugge through the City of Belleville, and always spoke highly of him. Our condolences to your family.

Robert Peck Family, Belleville, IL, 62222

My husband,Bill, and I want to send our condolences to all of the family of Bill Lugge. When I worked at the Belleville Public Library in the Archives, his work ethic, good humor, and general professionalism in serving the City of Belleville in the Maintenance Dept. made him a friend to our staff who he helped in so many cases and, sometimes, with very short notice. He will be missed.

Bill and Lou Ann James, Red Bud, Illinois, 62278


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