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William Robert Buley


William Robert (Bill) Buley, 77 of Burnet, Texas passed away on May 23, 2023. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and loved ones. Bill was raised in Illinois and moved to Texas in the early 1980s. Bill had a long career as a housepainter. He enjoyed his dogs, working in the yard, and spending time with family and friends. Bill hated to be still unless he was watching a good western with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. Never without a cup of coffee, Bill was a gentle giant. He is much loved and missed by family and friends.


Bill leaves behind his wife Rachelle “Shelly” (Yenzer) Buley of 38 years. He leaves behind five children: Christina (Buley) de la Cruz, Patty Buley, Billie Mae (Buley) Dufner, Denita (Sims) Lyons, and James Sims. Named Poppy by his grandchildren- he leaves a legacy: 16 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Bill comes from a large family and is survived by his older brother John Buley and wife Sandra; older sister Edna (Buley) Heflen and deceased husband Carrol; younger sister Vickie (Buley) Foust and husband Bernard. Bill has numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Bill was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Florence Buley and brothers Carl in 2009, Albert in 2009, and Ron in 2022.


The Buley family is planning a joint memorial ceremony in late July for William, Albert, and Ron at the Woodrow Cemetery in Pekin, Illinois.


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