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Eugene "Gene" H. Rehder

Monday, August 25, 2008

Eugene "Gene" A. Rehder 73, of rural Paullina, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. His services were held on August 21 at Zion United Church of Christ in Calumet, with the Rev. Barbara Weier officiating.

Burial was in Liberty Township Cemetery at Calumet.

The Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Home of Paullina was in charge of arrangements.

Eugene "Gene" August Henry Rehder, the son of Raymond and Stella (Mews) Rehder was born Sept. 30, 1934 on his parents' farm in rural Paullina. He received his education at the Calumet school, and graduated in 1952. He went on to attend Morningside College in Sioux City , graduating in 1956. He then entered the Army Reserves.

On Dec. 1, 1955, Gene was united in marriage to Jacqueline Thomas in Sioux City. After their marriage the couple lived in Mitchell, S.D. and Omaha, Neb., where Gene worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. The couple moved to Sioux City, where he worked as a manager for Sioux City Security Acceptance Corp. Gene returned to the Paullina area and the couple lived on the Herb Kniese farm and Gene farmed with his dad, Ray. When Ray retired, the couple moved to the family farm; the Rehder Century Farm, where they still reside.

Gene was baptized, confirmed, and was a lifelong member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Calumet, and had served on the Board of the church. While at Morningside, he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. While living on the farm, he was active in 4-H with the Liberty Lads. Gene also coached Little League, was past president of the Sutherland Saddle Club and was active in the Appaloosa national horse club. He was a former member of the Paullina Golf Club and served on the board at one point..

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gene is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Jackie, of rural Paullina; three daughters and their husbands, Becky and Jeff Kuehl of Sanborn; Laura and Tom Cody of Macomb, Ill. and Andrea and Tim Blowers at the NATO Air Force Base in Germany; one son and his wife, Paul and Jamey Rehder of Paullina; ten grandchildren, Kelly Lange, Dustin and Hunter Kuehl, Ryan and Drew Cody; Marcus, Danielle Blowers and Cole, Skyler and Makenna Rehder; also other relatives and many friends.

Gene loved his wife, children and grandchildren, and enjoyed farming, antiques and anything John Deere. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.