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Wurster, Elwood  
Elwood H. Wurster Elwood H. (Bud) Wurster (known as Bud all of his life) was born at home on the family farm in rural Elizabeth, Illinois where he lived his entire life. He was the third child and only son born to Ernest A. and Leona R. Wurster, and was welcomed with joy as a potential farm partner with his father. He fulfilled that dream and following his schooling at Elmoville's one-room school, he began his work as a life-long dairy farmer. Bud grew to be a man of integrity and faith, following the example of his parents. He was baptized shortly after birth and was confirmed into the Lutheran faith. He was a member of the sister congregations of Good Hope Lutheran Church (now closed) and St. John's Massbach Evangelical Lutheran Church. He married Donna Rausch at Good Hope Lutheran Church on October 8, 1966. They were blessed with two children: Howard Wurster and Matthew Wurster who survive him. When his sons completed their education, he once again went into partnership, farming, this time with his son Howard. They continued this dedicated and laborious work until Bud's health deteriorated; first with a heart valve replacement, followed by Parkinson's disease. His last months were spent at Rock Falls Rehab and Nursing Center where he received dedicated and loving care by their staff, and later also by Beacon of Hope Hospice until his passing on September 23, 2016. Surviving him are his wife, Donna; their sons Howard and Matthew; his sisters, Edythe (Perry) Larsen and Clara (Morris - deceased) Nieman, all of DeKalb, Illinois, and Fern (DeLos) Stadel of Mt Carroll, Illinois. Having no brothers of his own, he was very close to his brothers-in-law, considering them as brothers. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, who held a special place in his life. Preceding him in death were his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Oscar and Vera Rausch; his brother-in-law, Morris Nieman; and his sisters-in-law, Betty Blackman and Shirley (George) Yingling. Funeral arrangements are by Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, Illinois. Services will be at St. John's Massbach Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016, with visitation one hour before the service at 10:00 a.m. Bud will be laid to rest at Good Hope Cemetery next to his parents.
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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Sept. 27, 2016
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