William Buss

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William “Bill” F. Buss, 85, of Belleville, IL, born September 24, 1935, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Memorial Care Center, Belleville, IL.

Bill attended Cathedral High School, Belleville, IL, and graduated in 1953. He was a member and trustee of Teamster’s Local 50. Bill was a supervisor and retired after more than 16 years of service with the Belleville Sanitation Department. Previously he had worked over 19 years as a production manager at Sterling Steel. Mr. Buss was a lifelong active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, including the Men’s Club at church. He was a United States Army veteran.

Some of Bill’s happiest moments were spent outdoors. He loved duck hunting with Don Weisenstein at Don’s Clubhouse. He also enjoyed fishing at Bennett Springs and deer hunting with his many dear friends, not to mention camping at Carlyle. Family gatherings were an important part of his life, especially spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Josephine, nee Lake, Buss; two brothers, James Buss and Charles (Sally) Buss; a brother-in-law, Gene Madura; three nephews, Charles “Chuck” Buss, Jeff Buss, and Michael Meder; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Mathilda, nee Schmitz, Rast.

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Marquita, nee Rast, Buss, whom he married on July 4, 1957; five children, Cheryl (Jay) Vogt of Millstadt, IL, Denise (Jon) Calabra of Belleville, IL, Robert Buss of Belleville, IL, Julie (Jeff) Hodde of Belleville, IL, and Susan (Eric) Grimmer of Belleville, IL; 10 grandchildren, David Calabra, Nicole Calabra, Tony Calabra, Ryan Calabra, Josh Hodde, Justin Hodde, Kellie (fiancé Jordan Lester) Vogt, Katie Vogt, Madison Grimmer, and Dylan Grimmer; three great-grandchildren, Logan Monroe, Kenzie Greenfield, and Jace Greenfield; a brother, John (Mary Lou) Buss; a sister, Betty (Norman) Meder; two sisters-in-law, Helen Fowler and Carol Madura; a brother-in-law, William (Bonnie) Rast; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Memorial Care Center for all their help and care during his stay with them.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or in the form of masses, or to the Arthritis Foundation, 1355 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Michael Arockiam and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.

Burial with military honors will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


11 Comments on William Buss

Bob & Arlene Diekemper said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2021 at 11:34 AM

Sorry to hear of Bill's death. We were classmates at Cathedral and enjoyed getting together at class reunions.

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2021 at 11:41 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill was a great friend and we had many conversations. He was always ready to talk about any subject. RIP Bill.

  • Nashville
  • ll.
Mary Donjon said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2021 at 3:07 PM

Julie and Family, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. GOD BLESS

  • Belleville
  • IL
paul lubeck said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2021 at 3:55 AM

Bob, I am sorry for your loss. Bud Lubeck

  • gainesville
  • ga
Chuck & Pat Levy said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2021 at 12:52 PM

Dear Marquita and Family, you have our deepest sympathy in Bill's passing. I was one of the monthly card players before the pandemic hit. Bill was a good person and I enjoyed his company. RIP Bill!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Chuck and Mary Smith said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2021 at 9:49 AM

Deepest sympathy to all of you. Bill was such a great guy. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Chuck and Mary Smith said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2021 at 5:04 PM

Deepest sympathy to Marquita and all of your family. Bill was a great guy. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Vince & Anne Harter said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2021 at 10:46 AM

I OFTEN THINK That people we have loved and who have loved us NOT ONLY MAKE US MORE HUMAN BUT THEY BECOME PART OF US And we carry them around ALL THE TIME Whether we see them or not… And in some way WE ARE THE SUM TOTAL OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOVED US And those WE HAVE GIVEN OURSELF TOO.

  • IL
Terry said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 7:18 PM

RIP Bill tell my good friend Jim Hi😀

  • Daytona Beach
  • Fl
Richard Arnold said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 3:27 PM

Bill was a wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed

  • Swansea
  • Il
Ron Buss said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Prayers of peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit for the family. Bill was my godfather, a great man who made a positive difference in this world

  • Asan
  • Korea

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