Willi Chalmer Buerger, 85, of Garber, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at his home.
He was born on April 24, 1937, near Waukon, in Allamakee County, the son of Wilhelm and Emilie
(Denninghoff) Buerger. Willi was raised and educated in the Waukon area and was a 1955 graduate of
Waukon High School. He then served honorably in the United States Army.
On November 12, 1960, Willi was united in marriage to Carol Jones in Waukon. Five children were born to
this union. The couple first lived near Lansing and farmed. The family then moved to Dubuque and Willi
worked at John Deere. The family moved to rural Garber in 1970. Willi retired from John Deere after 30
years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, and was an avid sports fan. Willi especially loved his family and
spending time with them.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Carol Buerger of Garber; his five children, Denise (Greg)
Brady of Edgewood, Melanie Buerger of Algonquin, Illinois, Gwendolyn Buerger of Garber, Karl (Julie)
Buerger of Farley, and Brian Buerger of Newhall; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-grandson; three siblings, Helen Ludeking of Waukon, Theresa (Jack) Tremain of Cedar Rapids, and
Ann Schaffer of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.
Willi was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Nicolas Brady in 2000; two sisters, Sophie Callen and
Hedy (Arvid) Leas; and one brother-in-law, Gale Ludeking.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com. Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at St. John Congregational Church in Garber, Iowa, with Pastor Pete Buschmann officiating.
Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 26, 2022, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in
Inurnment with Military Rites: Hansel Cemetery – rural Garber, Iowa
Honorary Bearers: Bo Brady Mitchell Brady Sean Buerger Joshua Buerger Tyler Buerger
Kyle Porter Steven Gibbs