Private family service at a later date.
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, Mount Pulaski
Hatcil W. (Buss) Lamar, 87, died Friday, August 19,
2016 at the Vonderlieth Living Center following a
short stay there.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Leota (Hahn) Lamar;
his son and best friend, Gary Lamar and his wife,
Jana of Decatur, his daughter, Shirley Hughes and
her husband Randy of Brazil, IN; four grandchildren
- David Hughes (Stephanie) Brazil, IN; Deanna Hughes
(Chad Clark) Terre Haute, IN; Darcy (Kel) Szajko and
Lindsey (Kaleb) Swarts, all of Decatur, ten
great-grandchildren, his sister Joann Pazder, and
many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three
brothers, Bud, Blue and Loel Lamar; three sisters ,
Bernice Ellison, Beatrice Hamblen-Schimmel, and Ruth
Born and raised in Chestnut, the son of Daniel and
Ida (Beard) Lamar, he had been a resident of Mount
Pulaski all of his adult life.
In 1950, he joined the United States Army and fought
in the Korean War. While on a brief furlough, he
returned and married his sweetheart, Leota Hahn on
April 14, 1951 in Lincoln.
After serving his country, Buss returned to work
with Koehler Construction in Mount Pulaski. He built
many homes and buildings in and around Mount Pulaski
including the home he built himself, for his family
of four in the fall of 1959 to spring 1960. He
resided there until going to Vonderlieth in June,
In January 1966 he started working at Caterpillar in
Decatur, until he retired June 30, 1990. After he
retired, he and his son, Gary, took snowmobiling
trips and fishing trips around the country. They
spent many hours together restoring their John Deere
tractors. He was a member of the Central Illinois
Buss was a member of Mount Pulaski Christian Church
since 1963 and had served on the church board as
well as being an elder for many years.
At his request, cremation is to be handled by
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home with a private,
family graveside service to follow at a later date.
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