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Willie Bucher

August 20th, 1936 – August 13th, 2014

William Edward "Willie" Bucher, age 77 of Astoria, passed away at 7:10 am Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Prairie View Care Center in Lewistown, IL. He was born on August 20, 1936 in Pekin, a son of Isaac G. and Ferne M. (Kessler) Bucher. On November 30, 1954, Willie married Nellie Grace Busby in Astoria. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Lu Ann (and Charlie) Bollinger of Astoria, two sons, Alvin (and Lori) Bucher and Larry (and Lisa) Bucher, both of Astoria, ten grandchildren, Jason (and Mary Ann) Bollinger, Jamie Bollinger, Tyler (and Sarah Ireland) Bollinger, Isaac (and Jenni Brooks) Bucher, Rachel Bucher, Clinton (and Nicole Johnson) Bucher, Shawna Wallick, Gary Wallick, Ricky (and Kelly) Bollinger, and Robbie Bollinger, thirteen great-grandchildren, Mackena Bollinger, Oakley Bollinger, Jarrett Bollinger, Jaron Bollinger, Layla Bollinger, Zachary Bucher, Preston Bucher, Hailey Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Kodi Bollinger, Kaili Bollinger, Kaydon Bollinger, and Ethan Walljasper Bucher, two sisters, Carolyn (and Rod) Bricker of Torrington, WY and Alice (and Wendell) Clanin of Astoria, IL, and three brothers, Jim (and Susie) Bucher of Macomb, IL, Bob (and Susie) Bucher and Albert (and Marsha) Bucher, both of Astoria.
Willie was preceded in death by one grandson Erik Bucher and one brother Tom Bucher.
Willie was a coal miner, working for AMAX Coal Company, retiring in 1983. He worked at Sunspot Mine in Vermont, Truex Mine in Canton, IL, and for Peabody Coal Company in Rushville, IL.
He also was a grain, livestock, and dairy farmer, farming on the family farm north of Summum. He was founder of the Bucher Fence Building Company and retired from it in 2011.
He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He enjoyed bowling in the Vermont Bowling League and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed playing softball and watching the St. Louis Cardinals and Denver Broncos.
Willie loved to entertain and enjoyed hosting the Bucher fish fries and hog roasts at his home.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 am at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Reverend Ken Peterson will officiate. Interment will be in the Astoria Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 15th from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Astoria Park District.


August 14th, 2014

I am so sorry for the loss of your Daddy, I lost mine last year and I know how you feel. Am praying for you and family

August 14th, 2014

Thanks so much .

August 16th, 2014

Thoughts and Prayers to all Bucher Families from all Taylor Families

August 16th, 2014

Thoughts and Prayers to all Bucher Families from all Malott Families

November 21st, 2014

Miss you grandpa love tyler

February 20th, 2019

❤ miss ya and grandma everyday - Tyler

February 21st, 2021

Still missing you and grandma -Tyler

December 31st, 2021

❤️ and miss you and grandma everyday- Tyler

October 28th, 2023

Miss u still and fprever❤️ Tyler

February 5th, 2024

Miss you and grandma still love Tyler Bollinger ❤️❤️