Wednesday, May 26, 2010
3:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Hartley Funeral Home
830 2nd St. NE
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Hartley Funeral Home
|Eugene Buechler, the son of Carolina (Pietz) and Jacob Buechler, was born in Tyndall South Dakota on March 22, 1923. He spent his childhood years in Tyndall, and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1943.
Immediately following graduation, Gene was called upon to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He held the grade of PFC in the 252D Quartermaster Pack Troop, and was deployed to Central Burma, India. He was honorably discharged after receiving the American Theater Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. After his discharge, Gene found a job that he enjoyed, which led to his career as an iron worker. He was a member of the Iron Workers Union for over 60 years. His proudest projects were the Gavin’s Point Dam in Yankton, SD and The Mobridge Bridge in Mobridge, SD
He was united in marriage to Adeline Schmeichel on June 4, 1950. The couple initially moved around a lot, going to wherever the work was. They were blessed with two children, Darrell and Gloria. In 1968 the family moved to Hartley where they purchased and operated the Iowan Motel.
Over the years, Gene thoroughly enjoyed both hunting and fishing, flowers and gardening, and was always making something with his hands. He was a member of the Hartley American Legion.
Gene and Adeline enjoyed 58 years of marriage. Adeline passed away on March 11, 2009. Following a decline in his health and a short stay in the nursing home, Gene passed away at the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer, Iowa, on Saturday, May 22, 2010. He was 87.
Grateful to have shared his life are his son, Darrell Buechler of Hartley and special friend, Diane Cummings of Melvin, IA, and his daughter, Gloria Nieman of Spencer, IA; one granddaughter, Jessica Nieman; two great-grandchildren who were so very special to him, Natalee and Noah.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; grandson Joseph Nieman; five sisters, Mary, Irene, Lea, Hattie and Alma; two brothers, Roy and Alvin.
Celebrating the life of
Born ~ March 22, 1923
Died ~ May 22, 2010
Age ~ 87 years 2 months
10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010
Hartley Funeral Home Chapel
Officiating ~ Pastor Dave Erichsen
Organist ~ Donna Ahlers
“How Great Thou Art”
“On Eagles’ Wings”
Kenny Heibel Don Van Emmerik Dwayne Van Emmerik
Don Elgersma Tom Elgersma David Peters
Pleasant View Cemetery ~ Hartley, Iowa
Military Graveside Rites
Hartley American Legion
Arthur W. Kirchhoff Post #288