INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — Sabinus Anthony “Sonny” Buchheit, 85 years old, of Independence, IA, died Monday, February 20, 2017, in Independence.

He was born July 18, 1931, in Festina, IA, the son of Florian Joseph Buchheit and Fredoline Agnes (Heying) Buchheit. He graduated from Calmar High School with the class of 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Helen Marie Rockwell of Bangor, ME, on November 13, 1954, at the South Chapel of Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myers, Arlington, VA. They moved to Independence in 1960, where he became a Poultry Salesman for Ward Hatchery. Over the years he became known in the poultry industry throughout the Midwest. He worked closely with Iowa State University as an authority on poultry care and pathology. It has been said that the poultry textbook at Iowa State reads, ‘if all else fails, call S.A. Buchheit, Independence, IA.’ He never really retired as he was sought out for poultry advice up until his last days.

Sonny was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. He was an Honorary Life Member of Knights of Columbus in Independence and a Fourth Degree Member Knights of Columbus, Waterloo, IA.

Sonny is survived by three sons, David (Rosann) Buchheit, Dyersville, IA, Alan (Kendra) Buchheit, Show Low, AZ, Scott (Cindy) Buchheit, Ladson, SC; four daughters, Cindy (John) White, Jesup, IA, Jennifer (Clay) Marquis, Alton, IL, Deb (Robert) Burger, Marion, IA, Barb (Mark) Haisch, Clive, IA; 26 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; three brothers, Del (Carolyn) Buchheit, Peosta, IA, Harry Buchheit, Dubuque, IA, Joe (Linda) Buchheit, Dubuque, IA; four sisters, Toni Strey, Avondale, PA, Betty (Mark) Topf, Dubuque, IA, Pat (Bob) Eldan, Lander, WY, Jeanne (George) Lucero, Socorro, NM; also two sisters-in-law, Dolores Buchheit, St. Lucas, IA, and Darlene Buchheit, Maynard, IA. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen (2011); one son, Norman (2012); two brothers, Ambrose Buchheit and Kelly Buchheit; one sister, Pam Buchheit; and one sister-in-law, Colette Buchheit and one brother-in-law, Marshall Strey.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Independence, with Fr. David Beckman as Celebrant. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence, with Military Rites. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, at the White Funeral Home, 400 First Street West, Independence, where there will be a rosary by the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be posted at