Eugene "Gene" Buhman, 65, of Le Mars, died Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, after a long fight with heart disease.
Eugene Marvin Buhman was born Nov. 13, 1939, on the family farm in Johnson Township, rural Le Mars, the son of Marvin "Bud" and Alice (Johnson) Buhman. Gene attended country school in Grant Township and later graduated from Le Mars Central High School.
He entered the United States Air Force and was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts. He later was assigned to Elmendorf Air Base in Alaska, then assigned to Mt. Clemons Air Base in Clemons, Mich.
Gene was united in marriage to Louise Massola and had three children, Michelle, Amy, and Matt. Gene was later married to Jan Fennell and had three children, Tammy, Tonya, and Travis.
Gene had worked as a diesel mechanic prior to his illness. His work was his hobby. You could always find him at his shop, "Gene's Diesel" at all hours of the day or night. When he did take a rare day off he liked to go fishing with his family at "Soddy's" in Lake Park.
His daughters will remember him as their hero. His sons were his pride. Gene treasured his many friendships and enjoyed playing hard with his friends. Gene was very proud to be a grandfather to his seven grandchildren.
Survivors include his mother, Alice Buhman; three daughters, Michelle, Amy, and Tonia; two sons, Matthew and Travis; four brothers, Thomas, Bruce, Jeff, and Mark and his wife, Mary; seven grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.
Eugene was preceded in death by his father, Marvin; a daughter, Tammy; a nephew, Benjamin; and his father-in-law, Wilfred Fennel.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Gary Landsness of St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A., Le Mars, officiating. Visitation was after 10 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home in Le Mars until service time. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City at 3:15 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Buhman, Brett Udell, David Barkley, Larry Barkley, Bill Barkley, Steve Barkley and Andy Barkley.