Forrest J. Buesking, 82, of Belleville, Ill., born April 21, 1931, in Fairmont City, Ill., died on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
A graduate of Central Catholic High School in East St. Louis, Ill., Mr. Buesking was a U.S. Navy Korean war veteran. He retired as general superintendent for G.T. Lawlor Construction Company in St. Louis, Mo., and was a former member of Carpenters Local 5 (now Local 739), St. Louis, Mo. He was a charter member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Belleville, Ill. A card club member for nearly 50 years, Forrest also enjoyed gardening and working on projects for his kids' houses. He loved his family, especially his granddaughters, and he loved his wife until the day he died.
He was preceded in death by a son, Craig J. Buesking; his parents, Albert and Florence, nee Elsperman, Buesking; three brothers, Gene (Jeanie) Buesking, Vernon (Mary) Buesking and Raymond (Marcella) Buesking; a niece, Karen Paulson; and a nephew, John Buesking.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 58 years, Lorraine, nee Poell, Buesking, whom he married on April 21, 1956. They were the first couple to be married in the newly-formed Queen of Peace Parish.
Also surviving are his daughter, Terri (Jim) Hurley of Creve Coeur, Mo.; his son, Curtis Buesking of Lee's Summit, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Karen Buesking of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren, McLane Buesking, Kyndal Buesking, Mary Grace Buesking, Lauren Hurley, and Lindsey Hurley; a brother, Norman Buesking of Belleville, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Joe (Maxine) Poell of Belleville, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Craig, Nancy and Ellen Sever.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, to Queen of Peace School, or in the form of Masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Friends may also call from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Queen of Peace with Father Matthew Elie officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
George Renner & Sons Funeral Home
120 North Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2014