William “Bill” Kluge

William “Bill” Kluge
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William Martin “Bill” Kluge, 85, of Belleville, IL, born December 3, 1936, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh IL.

Bill retired after a long career in administration at Stag Brewery.  After that, he took great pride in his position rehabilitating prisoners and beautifying the St. Clair County Jail as a corrections officer.

Quite the horticulturist, Bill’s green thumb afforded him the opportunity to own and operate Kluge Nursery. Unknown to many, Bill was a talented sketch artist.  You could find him at his favorite watering hole, TR’s Place, especially on Thirsty Thursdays.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Joyce Ann, nee Isselhard, Kluge, whom he married on September 3, 1956; his parents, Irvin and Rosella, nee Gaubatz, Kluge; a son, Roland Kluge; a daughter, Kathleen Kluge; a sister, Joan (Herman) Compton; a brother-in-law, Roland Isselhard; and a nephew, Mark Isselhard.

He is survived by two granddaughters, Dr. Gabrielle Schwemmer (Gagnon), and Carly (Ryan) Newton;
five great-grandchildren, Jordyn (Dalton) Thomure, Madelyn, Camryn, and Lane
Schwemmer, and Kaden Newton;
nieces, nephews, and friends;
and his lap cat, Mew.

Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Matt Friz officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

The family requests that everyone wear their favorite Stag attire, in honor of Bill, and join them at TR’s Place with their cherished stories of Bill immediately following the burial.


6 Comments on William “Bill” Kluge

Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2022 at 8:53 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill and I worked together for a couple of years in the 50's at the Swansea Home Coming Park.

  • nashville
  • Il
Tans Murphy said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2022 at 4:21 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the memories of your grandpa/great grandpa bring you comfort and joy. We treasure the memories we have of our Uncle Bill. Love, Tana, Pam, Debbie

  • Albuquerque
  • NM
Marggie Wilson said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2022 at 10:08 AM

So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy to work with at Stag.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2022 at 6:59 AM

My condolences and sympathies to the family members of Bill. I was a proud member of the "thirsty Thursday" club and enjoyed many a good conversations with Bill. He turned me on to supersonic tomatoes a long time ago. He was one of the "good guys". R.I.P. my friend

  • Belleville
  • Il
Gregory Giese said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2022 at 7:59 PM

Had many Stags with Bill at T R,s aGreat man not many like him today

  • Ladera Ranch
  • Ca
Diane and Joe Bottani said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2022 at 5:42 PM

Dear Gabe and Carly, Please accept our very heartfelt sympathy. Your Grandpa was a great guy! I know you will miss him. But he will be with Joyce, Rolly and your mom. They will have lots of catching up to do! Please take care of each other. Love, Diane and Joe Bottani

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  • MO

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