Herbert J. Pruemer (85) of Teutopolis

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Published on July 19 2012 12:26 pm

Herbert J. Pruemer, 85, of Teutopolis, passed away early Wednesday morning at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 22 from 4-7 p.m. with prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church in Teutopolis. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23 with burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Teutopolis. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities or the donor's choice. Bauer Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. www.bauerfh.com.

Herb was born December 6, 1926, the son of Harry and Clara Pruemer. He married Dorothy Borries November 25, 1948. He was a special man who impacted the lives of those around him. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. The most important part of his life was his family. He enjoyed the company of his wife, Dorothy and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed coon hunting and running fox hounds. He also took great pride in watching his kids and grandkids participate in sports. He had a great work ethic. He was a dairy farmer until 1974. During this time, he also was a milk hauler. In all of the years he picked up milk, the only day he missed was the day his oldest daughter was married. When he gave up hauling milk in 1974, he moved on to his favorite profession. He began driving a school bus for the Teutopolis School District. Herb drove a morning and afternoon route, but his favorite was the kindergarten routes. This is where he impacted so many people. He was the first person many students met when they started school. He routinely brightened student's days with sticks of gum, suckers and on holidays, bags of cookies and candies. Every St. Patrick's Day, he would dye his hair green. For nearly 20 years, he picked up and delivered every kindergarten student who did not live in the Teutopolis city limits and attended kindergarten at Teutopolis schools. During this time, he only missed a handful of days due to harvesting his crops. Herb drove the bus on many occasions for the boys basketball team. One of the most special times in his life was being able to drive the bus for the 1986 state championship basketball team.

Herb is survived by his children, Barbara (husband Greg) Thompson, Terry (wife Kate) Pruemer, Randy (special friend Tracy and her children, Britani, Caitlan and Danielle McKibben), Bonnie (husband Rick) Meyers; 11 grandchildren, Jeff (wife Laurie) Thompson, Jason Thompson, Josh Pruemer, Sara (husband Gruen) Von Behrens, Beka Pruemer, Shannon (husband Aaron) Spears, Jesse (wife April) Pruemer, Tasha Pruemer and fiance Jeff Waldrop, Heather (Jeremy Szabo) Meyers, Larissa (husband Mike) Zerrusen and DeAdria (husband Brent) Spindler; 20 great-grandchildren, Leigha Thompson and fiance Brad Hecht, Derek Thompson, Cierra Thompson, Shelby Thompson, Codie Thompson, Karlie Thompson, Annika Yost, Noah Yost and Serene Alsahli, Katelyn Von Behrens, Claire Von Behrens, Hayden Zerrusen, Kayleigh Zerrusen, Karson Zerrusen, Ty Szabo, Calie Szabo and Payton Spindler; step-great-grandchildren, Kiah Spears, Izick Bryon and Abbey Bryon.

Herb is survived by brothers, Jerome (wife Louise) Pruemer, David Pruemer and Jerry (wife Carol) Pruemer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents; brothers, Clarence (Bud), Ed, Henry (Butch) Pruemer; sister, Harriet Borries and sister-in-law Esther Pruemer.