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Gene E. Buhler

Aug 16, 2022

1948 — 2022

On the beautiful morning of August 8, 2022, Gene E. Buhler, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend was snatched off of his bike and taken to heaven. He will be sorely missed here.

Gene was born in Ontario, Oregon on April 5, 1948 to goodly parents Emery and Lynile Buhler and was the youngest of four children. His mother would often say he was an exceptional child. His family lived in Vale, Oregon where he loved to fish with his dad and brothers and played any sport that involved a ball. At a very young age he would drive the truck as his dad and brothers would pick up hay bales.

In 1958 his family moved to Roy, Utah where Gene attended elementary, junior high and high school. His first two years of high school were at Bonneville High School, but he was very proud to be part of the first graduating class of Roy High School. He was the first Student Body President of Roy High, captain of the football team, a member of the basketball, baseball and track teams, a member of the band and the a cappella choir. He was awarded the KSL/Standard Examiner Gold Watch for being the outstanding athlete of the 1966 Roy High School graduating class.

After graduating high school, Gene attended Utah State University for a year and then was called to serve in the Cumorah, New York Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While on his mission, Gene served on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and was adopted into the Seneca Turtle Clan of the Cattaraugus Indians. He was also given an Indian name which means “a joyous person”. That name perfectly describes him.

It was on his mission that Gene developed his love for studying and applying the scriptures and was deeply influenced by his Mission President Reid E. Bankhead. The knowledge and wisdom gained from this scripture study has richly blessed his family and the countless people he has taught and mentored.

In the summer of 1966, Gene and Marie began dating. They were married on July 7, 1970 and sealed for time and eternity in the Ogden Temple on June 20, 1973. She is the love of his life, and he is her Prince Charming. Marie says, “to have been loved by this good man is the greatest honor of my life. I was cherished and adored.”

Gene graduated in accounting from Weber State University in 1976 and began a rich and varied career with Sears Roebuck and Company. His career spanned 31 years and included several roles: eight years as a comptroller, twelve years as a retail store manager and eleven years in leadership development. These roles provided his family the opportunity to live in many parts of the United States where he served in the community and his church and developed many eternal friendships. During his time at Sears, he also earned a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from American University. He retired for a week from Sears in 2007 and then began a ten-year career in leadership development/human resources with GE Healthcare.

Gene served in many callings within his church including Bishop and Bishopric Counselor. He and Marie served an 18-month mission with Self-Reliance Services and a 13-month mission with LDS Job Services. His life-long love of learning produced many certifications related to his work, about which he was passionate. He loved playing pickle ball, riding his e-bike, working in his yard, reading and skiing. He was an avid BYU football fan and enjoyed watching many different sports, always cheering for Utah’s schools.

Of all of Gene’s achievements and passions, he considered his wife Marie with their children and grandchildren his greatest achievement and blessing. He had the wonderful ability to make all feel cherished and we have many words of wisdom from him as well as Gene-isms to treasure. Gene is survived by his wife Marie, his daughter Mona Ruth, his sons (and spouses) Brody (Keary), Aaron (Sharee), Christian (Annette), Travis (Miriam), Nic (Marianne), his brothers Lyle and Leroy (Alice), his sister Joyce Hamblin (Carl) and Marie’s sisters Kathy (Mike) and Debbie (Dan). Gene and Marie are the grateful grandparents of 23 grandchildren. Their children and grandchildren are all amazing.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 20th at 11:00 am at the Weber North Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 4100 W. 900 S. West Weber, Utah. Visitations will be held Friday, August 19 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd Ogden, Utah and Saturday prior to the service from 9:30 am -­ 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Latter-day Saint Charities or Catholic Charities.

Gene’s service will be live streamed, to watch go to the bottom of his obituary page at www.myers-mortuary.com the day of the service.