L. Joseph Buysse, 68, of rural Prophetstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, surrounded by his family at Hillcrest Home, in Geneseo. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, in Atkinson, where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. A visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus, in Kewanee, or the Movember Foundation.

L. Joseph Buysse, 68, of rural Prophetstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, surrounded by his family at Hillcrest Home, in Geneseo. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Fr. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, in Atkinson, where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. A visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Vandemore Funeral Home, in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus, in Kewanee, or the Movember Foundation.

Joe was born March 27, 1948, in Geneseo, the son of Lester and Mabel (Kemmis) Buysse. He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1966 and went on to attend Bradley University. He proudly served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was united in marriage to Jill Carmichael on July 25, 1970, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Joe farmed in rural Prophetstown and was a Pioneer seed representative with Atkinson Grain & Fertilizer.

Joe was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Atkinson American Legion. He loved going to Mopar car shows, watching the Bears and Blackhawks, and listening to the blues, but, most of all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Jill; daughter, Brooke (Brad) Evans, of St. Paul, Minn.; son, Josh (Lauren) Buysse, of Palatine; grandchildren, Joey and Ava Evans and Madeline Buysse; brother, James (Mary Jane “Jill”) Buysse, of Riverside, Calif.; brother-in-law, Keith Fecteau, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Barbara Fecteau.