Albert Beussink

Friday, October 5, 2012

Albert J. Beussink, 86, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Laflin, Mo., son of Herman Beussink Sr. and Mary Holzum Beussink. He and Hilda M. Thiele were married April 19, 1950.

Albert served in the U.S. Army from 1944 until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

He worked for Phillip Elfrink Construction Co. from 1948 to 1963. In 1964 he founded Al's Woodcraft, and in 1966 co-founded Beussink Brothers Woodworks with his brother, Robert Beussink Sr., and still remained active in the business.

Albert was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson since 1950, the Men's Sodality, Holy Name Society and Jackson Assembly 4th-Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a former Little League coach in Jackson, a former member of Notre Dame Regional High School Home and School Association and Booster Club.

He was a member and former commander of American Legion Altenthal-Joerns Post 158 in Jackson and served as an American Legion Honor Guard, and a member of Cape Girardeau VFW Post 3838 and Capaha Antique Car Club.

Loving survivors include his wife of 62 years; five sons, Steve (Deb) Beussink of Jackson, Don (Pam) Beussink of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Mark (Geri) Beussink, Greg Beussink, John (Lisa) Beussink, all of Jackson; three daughters, Judi (Don) Niederkorn of Jackson, Sheila (Kevin) Ziegler of Gordonville, Cindy (Sean) Poston of Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; a brother, Herman (Virgie) Beussink Jr. of Jackson; three sisters, Annie Spooler, Betty Jane Arnzen and Berniece (Jerome) Ziegler, all of Jackson; 16 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert Sr., Gilbert, Leonard "Slim," and Bernard Beussink; an infant sister, Theresa Beussink; a grandson; and three granddaughters.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. An American Legion service will be held at 6:30, followed by parish prayers. The rosary, led by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, will follow parish prayers.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. John Harth officiating. Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Notre Dame Regional High School, Giant Steps of St. Louis or the Franciscan Sisters, TOR.

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