Robert “Bob” R. Buysse, 78, of Washington, IL, died at 11:15 pm Friday, June 14, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
Born on September 25, 1940 in Peoria, IL to William and Margaret Beck Buysse, he married Sharon S. Henry on September 30, 1961 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, IL. She survives.
Surviving are 2 children: Barbara Buysse and Robert S. (Bridget) Buysse, both of Washington, IL, 1 sister, Edith Pierson of Pekin, IL, 2 brothers, Bill Buysse of Manito, IL and Philip Jenkins of TN, 4 grandsons, Robert H., Alexander, and Samuel Buysse and Elliott Seckman, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Seckman, his parents, and Newman Jenkins, his step-father who raised him.
Bob worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 37 years, retiring as a Tool Crib Supervisor. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Washington and Knights of Columbus, Father John Menco Council #6707 in Washington.
He was a devoted attendee at his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and also enjoyed annual family fishing trips to Minnesota for over 40 years. He was a kind hearted man and will be remembered as a good provider for his family.
A funeral mass will be at 10 am Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington. Father John Steffen will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington, where a prayer service will be at 7 pm. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to Building Hope In Kids – Uganda, PO Box 612, Washington, IL 61571.