Sabinus Anthony "Sonny" Buchheit (1931 - 2017)

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INDEPENDENCE – Sabinus Anthony "Sonny" Buchheit, 85 years old of Independence, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence. He was born July 18, 1931, in Festina, the son of Florian Joseph Buchheit and Fredoline Agnes (Heying) Buchheit. He graduated from Calmar High School, Calmar, with the class of 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a Communications Technician Third Class at the U.S. Naval Radio Station in Adak, Alaska, and later at the U.S. Naval Security Station in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, D.C. he met Helen Marie Rockwell of Bangor, Maine, and on November 13, 1954, they were married at the South Chapel of Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myers, Arlington, Virginia. Following their military service, they returned to West Union, where Sonny sold insurance. They moved to Independence in 1960, where he became a Poultry Salesman. Over the years he became known in the poultry industry throughout the Midwest. He worked closely with Iowa State University as an authority on poultry care and pathology. It has been said that the poultry textbook at Iowa State reads, "if all else fails, call S.A. Buchheit, Independence, Iowa." He never really retired as he was sought out for poultry advice up until his last days.
Sonny was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Independence where he had served on church boards and St. John's School Board. He was an Honorary Life Member of Knights of Columbus Council 4332 in Independence and a Fourth Degree Member of Knights of Columbus, Hennessy Assembly 264 of Waterloo. He was also a lifelong sports enthusiast as an athlete, coach, and spectator.
Sonny is survived by three sons: David (Rosann) Buchheit, Dyersville, Alan (Kendra) Buchheit, Show Low, Ariz., Scott (Cindy) Buchheit, Ladson, S.C.; four daughters: Cindy (John) White, Jesup, Jennifer (Clay) Marquis, Alton, Ill., Deb (Robert) Burger, Marion, Barb (Mark) Haisch, Clive; 26 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; three brothers: Del (Carolyn) Buchheit, Peosta, Harry Buchheit, Dubuque, Joe (Linda) Buchheit, Dubuque; four sisters: Toni Strey, Avondale, Pa., Betty (Mark) Topf, Dubuque, Pat (Bob) Eldan, Lander, Wyo., Jeanne (George) Lucero, Socorro, N.M.; also two sisters-in-law: Dolores Buchheit, St. Lucas, and Darlene Buchheit, Maynard. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen (2011); one son, Norman (2012); two brothers: Ambrose Buchheit and Kelly Buchheit; one sister, Pam Buchheit; and one sister-in-law, Colette Buchheit; and one brother-in-law, Marshall Strey.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. David M. Beckman as Celebrant. Lectors were Deacon Tim Post and Sharon Bainbridge. The gifts were presented by Del Buchheit and Pat Eldan. Music was by Bonnie O'Brien, organist; Shelly Reck, soloist; and the St. John's Choir. Pall Bearers were Lori Blush, Jill Kluesner, Joanne McKone, Kelsey Buchheit, Tara Ludwig and Lindsey Haisch. Casket Bearers were Tom Buchheit, Zach Buchheit, Andy Buchheit, Brian White, Jacob Allen, Jeremy Allen, Danny Haisch, Joseph Allen, Alex Buchheit, and Scotty Buchheit.
Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence, with Military Rites conducted by Sheehan-Tidball American Legion Post 30 and Bechter-Boise V.F.W. Post 2440 of Independence. They were assisted by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail.
Visitation was held from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at the White Funeral Home, 400 First Street West, Independence, where there was a 4 p.m. rosary led by the Hennessy Assembly Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, and a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be posted at
White Funeral Home, Independence, was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 27 to Mar. 4, 2017
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