Wilbert A. "Willie" Niebrugge (76) of Watson


Published on August 21 2013 1:48 pm

Wilbert A. "Willie" Niebrugge, 76, of Watson died at 1:57am Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 24, at 10am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7pm Friday at the church with a 7pm Knights of Columbus rosary.  Memorials to St. Anthony Schools.

Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham is assisting the family with arrangements.  www.bauerfh.com

Willie was born January 21, 1937 in Effingham, the son of Edward J. and Rose (Esker) Niebrugge. He married Carol A. Will on October 17, 1959 at Sacred Heart Church in Lillyville (Teutopolis). He was a 1954 graduate of St. Anthony High School and served in the National Guard. He worked for the Effingham Equity for 44 years and retired in 1999. Willie was actively engaged in raising cattle and other livestock for the entirety of his life, and he was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He and Carol raised seven sons and are also the proud grandparents of 18. Willie loved to work hard and could create nearly any tool that was necessary or fix any equipment that needed repair. Willie also loved camping, splitting wood, and playing cards. He will be missed by all that knew him.Willie was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, the National Rifle Association, the Simmental Association, Effingham Knights of Columbus #665, and former board member of the Effingham County Sportsman Club.

Survivors include Carol, his wife; sons Gary L. (Debbie) Niebrugge of Watson, Brian F. (Special Friend Betty Watson)of Effingham, Jeffrey R. of Teutopolis, Kevin H. (Misty) of Watson, Mark D. (Amy) of rural Effingham, and Daniel J. (Toni) of Watson; Brothers, Virgil (Mary) of Effingham; James (Alice) of Teutopolis; Sisters, Florence Doedtman of Effingham, Bertha Bushur of Effingham; Sister-in-law, Zita Niebrugge; Mother-in-law, Dolores Will of Teutopolis. Grandchildren Kristin Williamson of Urbana, Katherine(Jacob) Clark of Jacksonville, FL, Jennifer(fiancée’ Austin Brooks) Niebrugge of Watson, Kyle and Matthew Niebrugge of Watson, Tyler Niebrugge of Collinsville, Lance Niebrugge of Terre Haute IN, Dylan, Devin, and Colin Niebrugge of Teutopolis, Brody Niebrugge of Watson, Will, Audrey and Grace Niebrugge of rural Effingham, Hunter, Blake, and Hailey Niebrugge of Watson; Great Grandson Evan Williamson of Urbana; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and god children.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Rose Niebrugge; his son, Douglas Edward; his brother, Leroy; father-in-law, Vincent Will; brothers-in-law, Frank Doedtman and Harold Bushur.