Charles B. “Charlie” Buschkoetter, 81, Dubois

Charles  B. “Charlie” Buschkoetter, 81, of Dubois, died Saturday, November 2, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in St. Anthony July 27, 1938, to Ben and Lucille (Heim) Buschkoetter. He married Wanda F. Brosmer June 23, 1960.

Charlie grew up and worked on his parents’ farm until he was of age to be an employee at the Jasper Corporation, which gave him a passion for woodworking. He had a backyard hobby of gardening. Growing his own peanuts and potatoes was a stepping stone to his becoming the original founder and owner of the Buschkoetter Nursery Lawn and Garden Center, which has been in operation since 1978. As he got older he stepped away from nursery/landscaping and went back to being a “farmer at heart” with crops, cattle, chickens, quail, and pheasants. He was an avid fisherman and hunter of turtles, frogs, quail, pheasants, and mushrooms. He enjoyed baseball, basketball, and football games on TV. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, served in the Indiana Army National Guard, and was a member of the Dubois County Builders Association.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Buschkoetter; one daughter, Sharla Baburchak and husband Charlie, Jasper; three sons, Scott Buschkoetter and wife Annie, Dubois, Duane Buschkoetter and wife Jane, Jasper, and Dean Buschkoetter and wife Dee, Otwell; four grandchildren, Paige, Amos, and Claudia  Buschkoetter, and Taylor Hardin and husband Lucas; four step-grandchildren, Jonathan Baburchak, Kari Scheu, Ali Mathias, and Chad Jackson; six step-great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Knies, Madelynn, and Graham Scheu, and Kynlee, Mason, and Liam Jackson; two sisters; Mary Lou Sander and husband Albert, Huntingburg, and Lillian Sickbert and husband Arthur, Jasper; and one brother, Ben Buschkoetter, Jr. and wife Debbie, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Bertha Ramsey, and four brothers, Anthony, Martin, John, and Paul Buschkoetter.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

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