Eugene D. "Gene" Wuebben, age 81, of Bow Valley, Nebraska, died Monday, February 23, 2015, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic church in Bow Valley with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be at the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley. Visitation will be on Wednesday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Thursday at church one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Gene's grandsons, Jeremy Wuebben, Zach Wuebben, Michael Wuebben, Jason Hoebelheinrich, Tyler Koch, Justin Koch, Brad Bollich, Brett Bollich, and Connor Wuebben.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gene's granddaughters Jennifer Petersen, Ashley Wuebben, Kim May, Sheri Backer, Jamie Koch, Mandy Kost, Heather Koch, Megan Koch, Rachel VanEngen, Paige Wuebben, Bailey Wuebben, and Gene's five great-grandchildren.
Eugene Donald was born on May 19, 1933 on the home place near Bow Valley, Nebraska to Eugen Alex and Lavina B. (Becker) Wuebben. He grew up near Bow Valley and attended grade school there. Gene married Rosemary Ann Pinkelman on October 2, 1957 in St. James, NE. To this union seven children were born. Gene farmed and also owned and operated Wuebben Trucking. He was a dedicated East Catholic school bus driver for 40 years.
Gene was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Helena and Bow Valley, the Catholic Order of Foresters and a long time blood donor. He loved fishing, snagging and setting treble nets, deer hunting, and playing cards, especially sheephead. Gene enjoyed teaching people to roller skate. He liked to jump in the car/truck and check the crops and keep himself informed on area activities. Gene enjoyed gatherings where he could tell his stories and especially loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends
Gene is survived by his wife Rosemary of Yankton, SD; seven children and their spouses, Duane and Marsha Wuebben of Bow Valley, Mary Ann and Dale Hoebelheinrich of Yankton, SD, Rosanne and Daniel Koch of Wynot, Joan and Joe Reed of Vermillion, SD, Janice and Alan Koch of Wynot, Dennis and Julie Wuebben of Bow Valley, Donna and Bruce Bollich of Fordyce; 20 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister Sharie and husband Jim Buck of Boulder, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eugen & Lavina Wuebben, three sisters Lorraine Pinkelman, Marcella Hefner, Delores Dooley; brothers-in-law Edmund Pinkelman, Gerhardt "Short" Hefner, and Lee Dooley; and Donald Anderson.
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Rosemary & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Mike & Carla Becker
Aunt Rosemary and cousins,
Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers! I do have to tell you, I am pretty sure I have heard the sound of laughter coming from Uncle Gene and his card playing cronies as they were reunited around a card table in heaven! I believe Jesus was there to... to keep them all honest...and to hear the stories and laughter!
Love, Hugs, and Prayers, Sharon Van Driel
Rosemary and Gene were kind enough to parent me for the summer when I was a 13 year old city boy. They took me in and taught me to milk cows, drive a tractor (even how to turn one over the first day), toss bales of hay, catch catfish, shoot a shotgun, how to play sheepshead (schafkopf?). They also taught me a lot about kindness, helping your family and your neighbor, how to have lots of fun at any time of day or night. Gene was a magnificent work of God and I am so glad I got to spend time on earth with him and expect to see him again in heaven. I know other family will surround sweet Rosemary and comfort her in this time of loss. I wish I could be there with you.
Sending thoughts and prayers. Gene was the best bus driver ever.
You are all in my prayers as you grieve the loss of Gene. I will always remember him, as he was the person who introduced my parents to each other. So you could say Gene helped our family considerably. He had such a good sense of humor. My parents always had to laugh and tell the story of how Gene sabotaged their car for a bumpy ride on their wedding day. Good memories for all. My prayer for you is for peace in your hearts. Remember, Gene will always live on in you his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. My condolences.
Tammie (Lange) Eskens
Rosemary and family- Our deepest sympathy and our prayers go out to your whole family during this time. Gene was a wonderful friend that we will always remember for all his stories and card playing. Pat's dad, Joe Jansen, is greeting his friend in heaven and waiting with a deck of cards. We will remember Gene also for his raise cream pie adventure when coming out to see us in Indiana. We just brought him some last April to Avera in memory of that trip with Joe and Margaret. We all laughed. Sending our love and prayers. Pat & Cheryl Jansen & family
Pat & Cheryl Jansen
my prayers are with you with this passing of a wonderful Man! Gene was my bus driver for my entire school years - he was a wonderful, caring man who if it was raining would drive us all the way to the house rather than watching us walk the lane - quiet but caring - I have always had a great respect for this man - I will cherish the memories of him & share them with my kids - I will truly miss him!
jana eickhoff & family
Rosemary and kids - I was so very sad to hear of Gene's passing. I was blessed to have him as my Godfather. He took the job seriously and gave me lots of counseling and advice the summer I spent at the farm. I remember Gene being adamant that I was NOT going on an evening horseback ride with the local "bad boy" - his words. Years later when I returned he was trying to set me up with the new local "bad guy". Guess he gave up and realized he wasn't going to knock the idiot out of me so he might as well hook me up to a local so that he could watch over me. What an awesome man and a great influence he and all of you had on my life. I will remember him often and pray that all of you are at peace with his death.
I am so sorry to hear of your lose. He was an amazing bus driver and always made me smile. Sending prayers to you all.
Sorry for your loss.... Gene was the best bus driver! So many memories. My sympathies to the family
Dear Rosemary and family....we were deeply saddened at hearing about Gene's passing.
Dennis Schulte sent us a copy of his obituary. Had we known, we certainly would have come up for the services. He was a wonderful friend. We look fondly on the memory of the nice visit, the fellows laying on the lawn visiting after our golden anniversary celebration. Then, too, the good time when we came up to see you after that. Enjoyed seeing the pictures on his life. That is a neat idea. Hope as the time goes by the pain will lessen. Are having Gene remembered in a Mass by a dear priest friend, Msgr. Francis Kubart. You're in our hearts thoughts and prayers, our love to all...hope to keep in touch. Bill and Rita
Bill and Rita Goeden
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