William J. “Bill” “Schuck” Schuckert

William J. “Bill” “Schuck” Schuckert

William J. “Bill” “Schuck” Schuckert, age 73, of Durango, was called home on Thursday, February 20, 2020. To celebrate Bill’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:30 p.m. To honor Bill’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, March 6, 2020, at St. Joseph Church, 20249 St. Joseph Drive, Rickardsville, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rickardsville.

Bill was born on November 13, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Bernice (Theis) Schuckert.

Bill honorably served his country with the U.S. Army in the National Guard from 1964 until 1970. He was united in marriage to Sue Koetz on May 12, 1973, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. They have been blessed with 47 years and 3 children together. Bill was no stranger to hard work as he was employed with the John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years before retiring and also buying a farm in 1992. Bill had great respect for, and learned as much as he could about caring for the farm, from his long-time friend, Jim Schueller. He took great pride in caring for his land and livestock, and looked forward to watching the kids show their animals at the fair every year. He considered setting his boys up in farming as one of his greatest accomplishments. He was a die hard John Deere man and would argue that green was the only way to go, but if it was the wrong color and ran good he was ok with it. He loved to get the tractors out and take the family on hay rides on special occasions. Bill also enjoyed hitting the bowling lanes in search of a 300 game and a good game of Euchre with family and friends. In his younger days, he enjoyed going pheasant, squirrel and rabbit hunting with his dogs and riding his Harley all over the United States, even making a trip to Canada. His family was truly his pride and joy, he was a regular at the grandkids sporting events and always looked forward to family gatherings. He also enjoyed watching the Cubs in later years. Bill took time to enjoy the simple things in life, such as eating his favorite cookies, pies and ice cream with jelly on it. He was a very proud man and was one of the most gentle men you would ever meet. His Catholic faith was very important to him and was evidenced by all in his daily life. We are deeply saddened at losing Bill so unexpectedly, but know that he is now resting peacefully.

Those left to cherish Bill’s memory include

his loving wife,
Sue Schuckert, Durango, IA;

his children,
Greg (Becky) Schuckert, Durango, IA,
Mark (Tara) Schuckert, Durango, IA
and Lisa (Jason) Rauch, Ryan, IA;

his grandchildren,
Bella, Nick, Abby and Matt Schuckert, Grace, Ben and Beau Schuckert, and Olivia, Cole and Jacob William Rauch;

a sister-in-law,
Nancy Schuckert, Peosta, IA;

his father-in-law and mother-in-law,
Francis and Marian Koetz, Centralia, IA;

his in-laws,
Judy (Joe) Lester, Epworth, IA,
Kathy (Terry) Corbett,
Jim (Kim) Koetz
and Jack (Mary) Koetz, all of Centralia, IA;

a special nephew,
Scott Corbett;

and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; 2 children during early pregnancy; his brother, Robert “Bob” Schuckert; his nephew, David Schuckert; and his long time friend and farming mentor, Jim Schueller.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
March 5th, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

St. Joseph Church
20249 St. Joseph Drive, Rickardsville, Iowa
March 6th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

8 condolences for William J. “Bill” “Schuck” Schuckert
  1. Marvin Waterhouse says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are sent to all of you. Bill always had that “contagious smile” that made everyone feel better.

  2. Sandy Digman says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!

  3. Tom Deeny says:

    Thoughts and prayers to Bills family, Bill was one of the good ones.

  4. Jack & Marilyn Hafeman says:

    Sue and family— we are so sorry and saddened to hear about Bill. We remember him always smiling, so proud of his family. Our sympathy and prayers for him, and your family. We know this is so very difficult to understand, and maybe never will.

  5. Tom & Jill Mensen says:

    You all have our deepest sympathy! We pray for peace in your hearts, Comfort for your sorrow & Love to get you through this difficult time. A Little Hug: When ever you are feeling sad & things aren’t going right, And your usual Happy smile slipped out of sight. Here’s a little Hug from us If we cannot be there- Because we want you to know just how much we care. Tom Loved delivering feed to the Schuckert Farm & talking to everyone He also enjoyed eating the pie they gave him! He loved it when bill told him he bought a motorcycle. You are all in our thoughts & prayers!

  6. Ann and Ron Schaal says:

    We were so very sorry to hear about Bill. Living across the alley on Washington Street was a wonderful time to have great neighbors. Bill and Bob and their parents were wonderful and very helpful. Mom and Dad had the seven of us and I am sure we were very entertaining(Roth Family-Ben and Phyllis). Your whole family took all of us in stride.I wish everybody could have had neighbors like Bill and his family. Our prayers and love and lots of hugs are going out to you and embracing you,Ann and Ron Schaal

  7. Pat Hostert Kearns says:

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Although it has been many years since our paths have crossed, I want you to know that warm thoughts and prayers go out to you as you bear the loss of your husband. Hold your memories close…

  8. Trish Kraft says:

    Deepest sympathies to Sue & entire Schuckert family. Feel so very blessed to have known Bill. A very special person.
    Trish @ Dr. Liaboe’s

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