Services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2007, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Storm Lake, with Rev. Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was held at the St. Mary Cemetery, Storm Lake with Flag Presentation by the Amvets Post #66 of Storm Lake.Barker Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of the arrangements.
Edwin was born to August and Mary (Sievers) Buckendahl on Oct. 31, 1916 in Storm Lake. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church. He attended and graduated from Zion Lutheran School and received a degree in business and teaching from Buena Vista College.
On Nov. 28, 1940, he was united in marriage to Vera Peck in Cherokee. This union was blessed with four children, Jane, Jerry, Edwin Jr., and James.
Buckendahl served in the United States Marines during WWII. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, and was also the mayor of Alta for 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and her husband, Clara and Fred Lullman; brother, Wilbert; brother and his wife, Harvey and Frieda; parents-in-law, Claude and Laura Peck; three sisters-in-law, Helen Peck, Betty Cranston, and Penny Peck; and five brothers-in-law, Bruce Cranston, Wilmer Peck, Willard Lundquist, Bob Sand, and Maurice Moorman.
Edwin is survived by his wife, Vera of Alta; one daughter, Jane Beckendorf and her husband Larry of Exira; three sons, Jerry Buckendahl and his wife Vernie of Alta, Edwin Buckendahl Jr. and his wife Carol of Enumclaw, Washington, and J. W. Buckendahl and his wife Melody of Alta; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; five sisters-in-law, Martha Buckendahl of Des Moines, Joyce and Andy Anderson of Alta, Marie Sand of Marcus, Marjorie Lundquist of Meriden, and Dorothy Moorman of Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers-in-law, Walter Peck and Lester and Mary Peck, both of Napa, Idaho; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.