CLAYTON, Ill. -- Eilert F. Buss, 76, of Clayton died at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (July 22, 2009) in his family home. Eilert was born on May 15, 1933, at home in Clayton to John and Rosetta Hartman Buss. He married Lois Ideus on Nov. 17, 1957, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden. He attended Sulphur Springs School in Clayton Township and also attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Concordia, Mo. He later attended Greer Technical School in Chicago for a mechanics course. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a teletype operator from 1954-1956. Eilert farmed and worked construction. He worked with Dye Steel Co. in Quincy, Dave Wilson Construction and Steve Haschemeyer Construction. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where he held various offices within the church. He was a member of the Men's Club, taught Sunday school, and was a youth leader for a number of years. He was also a member of the Golden American Legion, and enjoyed bowling, fishing, and was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lois Buss of Clayton; four children, Sonya D. Newbrough and her husband, Jerry, of Clayton, Kevin E. Buss and his wife, Cheryl, of Quincy, Nathan R. Buss of Clayton, Cindy S. Asher and her husband, Dale, of Sutter; eight grandchildren, Lauren Logan and her husband, Josh, of Indianapolis, Ryan Newbrough of Macomb, Taylor Buss, Connor Buss and Alex Buss, all of Quincy, Danelle Asher, Garrett Asher and Megan Asher, all of Sutter; four sisters, Rosetta Gasperson of DeKalb, Violet Schoening of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Penny Stauffer of Clayton and Fern Pratt of Clayton; one brother, John W. Buss and his wife, Jeannette, of Mendon; one sister-in-law, Gertrude Buss Cutsinger and her husband, Bob, of Palmyra, Mo.; and 24 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lillian LaBorde; one brother, Irwin Buss; and one nephew, DeWayne Buss. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Golden with Rev. Mike Grieve conducting. Burial will be in the Golden Memorial Gardens with military rites by the Golden American Legion. VISITATION: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Hunter Funeral Home, Golden. MEMORIALS: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Golden Good Shepherd Home, or to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice. ARRANGEMENTS: Hunter Funeral Home, Golden. WEB SITE: www.hunterfh.com.