Obituary: John Buege

 June 14, 1946 ~ April 9, 2023

John L. Buege, age 76, of Algoma, died peacefully with family and friends by his side on April 9, 2023.

John was born in Algoma on June 14, 1946 to Leo and Louise (Braemer) Buege.

Drafted to the Army in 1965, he proudly served his country as MP for Homeland Security through 1967. He continued his service as the 1st Vice Commander thru AMVETS Post 42, Algoma for 30+ years.

Farming was John’s passion since childhood. He built his farming homestead soon out of the army and continued up to the current day. A great day was a day on his tractor. 

Another passion of John’s was his collection of antique cars which began with his first Studebaker. John won trophies upon trophies with his ’33 Coupe, ’64 Corvette convertible, and his ’56 Bel Air. John took pride in his cars and enjoyed sharing with others at various car shows around the Midwest. Iola Car show was his favorite – he only missed one year of 37+ years. 

John is survived by his family: Sheri (Jerry) LeMere, Jason Renard, Trevor LeMere (fiancé, Ashley), Samantha (Evan) Brandt, Ebony Cooley, Malique Cooley; Godchildren, John Henry Wessel, Chris Benes; close friends: Red (Ron/Leah Ann) Massart, Butch (Rod/Tracy) Steiner, Bean (Pat/Kathy) Benes, Larry (Lila) Schlorf, Chester (Dave) Wessel, and Janice Schlise.

John was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lynn Renard; his parents, Leo/Louise; his sister, Carol (Buege) Willihite; Aunt, Mary Braemer, and his fur buddy, Emma.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church (406 4th St., Algoma, WI), Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 10 AM to 12 NOON. A funeral service will follow at 12 NOON with full military honors to follow. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit

Thank you to the caring staff at Green Bay VA (Jessica Enright’s team, Morgan Berger, Dr. Lathara’s team), the Aurora ICU staff, care givers Samantha DeGrave, Tammy Lifto, Amy Bongle, and Jodi LeMere who helped so much over the past six months, and Pastor Moll and Pastor McKenney for their regular visits with John. Special thanks to Butch, Red, Larry, Bean, Chester, and Janice-your friendship meant so much to John. 

John was an amazing man, a legend, to all who knew him. As he told stories, he would get all fired up, animated, and have an infectious laugh that would make everyone laugh along with him. He will be truly missed by all. As he would say before he closed his eyes every night “Good Night World”. Good night John – we love you!