Alton Buesing

Alton Clarence “Shorty” Buesing, 94, of Yorktown, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019. He was born Dec. 1, 1924, in San Antonio to the late Henry Buesing, Jr. and Regina Mueller Buesing.

Shorty married Estella “Stella” Huebner on May 13, 1943, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Karnes City. She was 18 and he was 17 and they were married for almost 60 years at Stella’s passing. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 17 and stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. Upon completion of basic training he was stationed at Fort Ord in Marina, California. Shorty was honorably discharged in December, 1943 and returned to Nordheim and began roughnecking. Later he was employed by Continental Oil Company as a roustabout, gauger and then gas compressor mechanic. He retired from Continental Oil after 38 years of service. Shorty attended Nordheim schools, served as secretary of the Yorktown Fire Department for over 20 years, was a Little League coach, was mechanically inclined and could fix just about anything.

Early in Shorty and Stella’s lives, they were active in the Luther League. They started a small business known as Double S Antiques and worked together with Stella doing sales and business and Shorty restoring lamps and furniture. People viewed Shorty as a genius who could restore piles of wood into furniture. They enjoyed dancing and were members of Herman Sons.

Shorty is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Estella Rosalie “Huebner” Buesing; and daughter, Ardean Heil.

He is survived by his sons, Mark Buesing (Amy) and Hal Buesing (Jenci); grandchildren, Russ Heil (Shaunna) and Stacie Rude (Malcolm); great-grandchildren, Andrew and Caroline Heil, James and Emily Rude; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Friday, May 10, 5:30-8 p.m. at Finch Funeral Chapel. Funeral service is Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown with Rev. C. B. Suggs officiating. Interment will follow at Westside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department.

You are invited to sign the online guest book at

Arrangements entrusted to Finch Funeral Chapel – Yorktown, 361-564-2277.

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