John Salzman Blievernicht, 87 of rural Teutopolis, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church north of Dieterich (rural Wheeler). Burial will be in the St. Paul’s Cemetery, with full military rites by the Dieterich American Legion Post #628. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the church. There will also be visitation one hour before the service.

In loving memory of John, memorials may be made to Lutheran Hour, Meals on Wheels or St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich.

The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.

He was born June 2, 1931, at home to George & Martha (Salzman) Blievernicht. He was baptized June 21, 1931, and confirmed March 25, 1945 – Confirmation Verse: Proverbs 23:26.

John was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wheeler. He entered the US Navy on November 14, 1951, during the Korean War conflict. He was stationed in San Diageo and served on the USS Collett Destroyer. John was honorably discharged on November 3, 1955.

John married Irene (Wolf) Blievernicht on January 1, 1956, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was lifelong farmer, who loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

John is survived by his wife, Irene; daughter, Regina (Bill) Baxter, of Teutopolis; four sons, Michael (Kim) Blievernicht, of Newton; Dennis (Kathleen) Blievernicht, of Teutopolis; Dean (Sue) Blievernicht, of Casey; and Steve (Elaine) Blievernicht, of Teutopolis; 13 grandkids, Doug (Melani) Baxter, David (Amanda) Baxter, Sharon (Eric) Schackmann, James Blievernicht, Ana (Michael) Meyer, Elise (Dane) Crosson, Bo Blievernicht, Trevor Borries, Austin Brian, Kyle Blievernicht, Noah Blievernicht, Evan Blievernicht and Elle Blievernicht; 8 great-grandchildren, Riley Baxter, Carson Baxter, Layla Baxter, Collin Baxter, Grace Baxter, Addison Meyer, Kason Meyer, Emmy Meyer; and sister, Mary Bushur, Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, George and Martha (Salzman) Blievernicht; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Karl Jesgarz; brother-in-law, Raymond Bushur; 2 grandchildren, Daniel Baxter and Ryan Blievernicht; and 2 great-grandchildren, Ian Schackmann and Madison Schackmann.