Ralph Eugene Buesking, formerly of Strasburg, went to meet the Lord face to face on the morning of Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in his Springfield, Mo., residence.
Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg, with the Rev. Steven Becker officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Strasburg, with military rites by the Wilbur Braughton American Legion Post 611 of Stewardson. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church. The family hopes that people would consider donating to either St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to a Memorial Scholarship set up in Ralph’s memory at Evangel University, Springfield, Mo., to benefit Women’s softball players. Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.howeandyockey.com.
Ralph was born in Strasburg to Martin and Bessie (Spannagel) Buesking. He was the youngest of eight children. Ralph was a 1951 graduate of Stewardson-Strasburg Unit High School. He married Annette Hollingsworth Tolly Aug. 21, 1954, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957 and the Navy Reserve until 1967. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1961 and a Master of Science degree in Education in 1963 from Eastern Illinois University. Ralph taught grade school in Mattoon, Bloomington, Stewardson and Stewardson-Strasburg. He served as principal of K-6 and for one year was principle of K-8. He retired from teaching in 1993.
Ralph enjoyed hunting, camping, and playing cards, but mostly he enjoyed fishing for recreation. He was an active member of the Strasburg Lions Club and the Wilbur Braughton American Legion Post 611 of Stewardson. For many years Ralph was the hometown announcer at baseball and softball games at the Lions Club ball park in Strasburg. He loved watching area baseball and softball teams play well after he left the announcer’s perch.
Ralph is survived by his son, Andrew of Fairfax, Va., his son, Michael (and his wife, Debra) of Springfield, Mo.; his grandchildren, Molly, Sam, Chase and Brooke; and his sister, Mildred Rincker of Strasburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette; daughter-in-law, Virginia; brothers, Merle, Harold and Floyd; and sisters, Delores, Vera and Lorene.
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