Wilfred R. “Wif’ Buschkoetter, 87, Jasper

Wilfred R. “Wif” Buschkoetter, 87, of Jasper, died Saturday (September 2) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Ireland July 20, 1930, to Henry and Eleanora (Hulsman) Buschkoetter. He married Camilla Schlachter February 27, 1954, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Wif was a 1948 graduate of Ireland High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. While he was employed at Jasper Office Furniture he studied electronics at Ivy Tech in Evansville and opened Jasper Television, Inc., which he operated from 1964 through 1979. He worked at Kimball Upholstery for 16 years until retirement. He was a founding member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and a member of its Mens Society. He was a life member of V.F.W. Post No. 673 in Jasper. He enjoyed fishing and boating at Beaver Lake, creating fishing slip knots, gardening, and playing cards, especially sheepshead.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Camilia Buschkoetter; one daughter, Brenda Preusz and husband Jim, Columbus; four sons, Bruce Buschkoetter and wife Charlena, Ferdinand, Brian Buschkoetter and wife Deb, Shelbyville, and Brent Buschkoetter and wife Kathy and Bert Buschkoetter and wife Melanie, all of Jasper; 12 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; three great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Oeding, Ireland; and two brothers, Jerome Buschkoetter, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Linus Buschkoetter and wife Mary, Fullerton, California.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Blaine Buschkoetter, who died in an automobile accident November 2, 1975.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Precious Blood Church. Members of Precious Blood Church will lead a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church or to a favorite charity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Precious Blood Church with burial to following in Fairview Cemetery. V.F.W. Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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