Carl D. Bruegger

Carl D. Bruegger, 80, of Brownstown, died unexpectedly at 8:15 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 at Gieseking Funeral Home in Brownstown with Harry Kirk officiating. Burial followed at Zion Cemetery in rural Brownstown. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be made to the Brownstown First Responders, Zion Cemetery, or Shriners Hospital for Children.

Carl was born on Friday, May 27, 1938 in Brownstown to Charles R. and Irma Mae (Jackson) Bruegger. He married Shirley A. Neathery on June 7, 1958 in Brownstown and she preceded him in death on May 9, 2009, having celebrated over 50 years of marriage. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed woodworking. He served with the Army Corps of Engineers and worked for the Fayette County Highway Department, Illinois Department of Transportation, and retired from the Department of Corrections as farm superintendent after 27 years of service.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and special uncle. He leaves behind his daughter, Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Smith and her husband Ronnie; sister, Charlene Beckett of Blue Mound; sister-in-law, Jean Sefton of Port Orange, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Mae Delaney.

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