Willard C. "Buck" Koebcke, 92

Willard C. “Buck” Koebcke, 92, a longtime resident of Francesville, IN went Home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 16, 2020.  He has lived the past four years at Fox River Apartments in Olney, IL.  Buck was born on March 13, 1928 in Pulaski County, IN to the late Joseph and Flora Kaupke Koebcke.  He served in the US Army.  On December 31, 1951, Buck married the late DeMaris Bailey in Jeffersonville, IN.  He was a devoted member of the Francesville First Christian Church.  


Survivors include:

Jackye (Blaine) Hites, Olney, IL Daughter

Ellen (Harv) Gutwein, Francesville, IN Daughter

Nicole (Robert) Schwartz, Peru, IN Granddaughter

Holly (Shannon) Blank, Olney, IL Granddaughter

Heather (Kevin) Cox, Munster, IN Granddaughter

Summer (Karl) Schippert, Evansville, IN Granddaughter

Stuart (Alivia) Gutwein, Lafayette, IN Grandson

Lance (Erica) Gutwein, Francesville, IN Grandson

Tyler (Lacie) Gutwein, Francesville, IN Grandson

19 Great Grandchildren

2 Great Great Grandsons

Sam (Rachel) Koebcke, Alabama Brother

Kay Koebcke, Florida Sister-in-law

Janelle Tiede, Francesville, IN Sister-in-law


Preceded in death by:

Joseph and Flora Kaupke Koebcke, Parents

DeMaris Bailey Koebcke, Wife

4 Brothers and 4 Sisters


Private Burial will take place at St. James Salem Cemetery in Francesville, IN with Pastor James Ketchen officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fox River who provided several years of loving care to Buck.  Checks may be made to Caritas and mailed to Fox River at 1016 Parker St. Olney, IL 62450.


Online Tributes may be offered at


Local Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.  

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