Jeffrey Buritsch

CARTERVILLE - Jeffrey Dean Buritsch, 51, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, in Riggin-Pillatsch and Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Todd Hawk officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville, with honors by the Carbondale Police Department. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today, Jan. 2, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Illinois Police Officer's Memorial Fund, made via PayPal, 435 W. Washington, Spring-field, IL 62702.

Jeff was born March 3, 1962, in St. Louis, to Chetwood and H. Faye (Littleton) Buritsch.

He married Paula Lee Barttelbort on May 15, 1992, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in Smokey Mountain Wedding Chapel, by the Rev. Parson.

He is survived by his loving wife, Paula Buritsch of Carterville; mother, Faye Buritsch of Sparta; daughters and son-in-law, Jenny Bowlby of Marissa and Michelle and Darreis Evans of Imperial, Mo.; son, Jeffrey P. Buritsch of Carterville; grandchildren, Cameron Bowlby and Tony Hodges of Marissa; and Olivia and Charlotte Evans of Imperial, Mo.; mother-in-law, Jalane Goss of Marissa; father-in-law, Ron and Rita Barttelbort of Bellgrade, Mo.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Craig and Debbie Barttelbort of Ruma, Ed and Rhoda Goss of Marissa, Bobby and Amanda Goss of New Athens; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beth Barttelbort and Rudy of Festus, Mo. and Yvonne and Don Williams of Colorado; step brother-in-law, Joe McMillian of Missouri; his beloved beagle dog, Bentley; and dear friends, Mike, Becky, Kaleb, and Karley Vaughn and their family, all of Carterville.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father and sister-in-law, Veronica Barttelbort.

He honorably served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps with the crash crew rescue.

Jeff continued his call to serve our country as a police officer at the Cahokia Police Department for 10 years before moving to the Carbondale Police Department in 1998. He was currently working as a crime scene tech through the Carbondale Police Department.

He thoroughly enjoyed services at Harvest Time Worship Center in Herrin. Pastor Todd Hawk was not only Jeff's pastor, but also a friend whom he enjoyed many conversations with.

He was president of the FOP Lodge 192, member of ABATE and volunteered in the past with his wife at Giant City Stables in Carbondale.

Jeff was a baseball coach at Tri-C for many years. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, horseback riding, playing guitar, playing golf, and hiking and exploring Southern Illinois. Jeff appreciated all kinds of music, but blue grass and old country were his favorites. He also loved to vacation in the south with his family and in recent years just he, his wife, and Bentley.

To view this obituary and sign the guest register, visit www.rigginpillatschburkefh.com.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014