Eugene William 'Bud' Reuer
March 12, 1929 - February 28, 2020
Funeral services for Eugene William “Bud” Reuer, 90, of Herrick, SD, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2020, at the United Methodist Church of Burke, SD, with Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating.
Burial will be at the Reliance Cemetery of Reliance, SD.
Eugene William “Bud” Reuer died peacefully at the age of 90 on Feb. 28, 2020, at the Burke Community Memorial Hospital of Burke, SD.
Eugene William “Bud” Reuer (and his twin sister, Estella) were born March 12, 1929, at Reliance, SD, to William and Lena (Wagaman) Reuer.
He attended rural school north of Reliance, SD, and graduated from Reliance High School of Reliance, SD, Class of 1947.
He farmed and ranched with his parents until Oct. 1, 1951, when he joined the United States Navy.
Eugene (Bud) served aboard the carrier, USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 during the Korean War. He was also assigned to the UR 3 Air Squadron and the carrier, USS Wright CU.L 49 before he was discharged in September of 1955.
Nov. 17, 1956, Eugene married Laura Lea Anderson at the Kennebec Methodist Church of Kennebec, SD. Together they raised five children – Eugene, Jr., Sheree, Patricia, Bryan and Brad on their farm north of Oacoma, SD. Bud taught his children many skills, the most important was to work hard and be of good character. In 1973, the family moved to a dairy farm south of Herrick, SD. Eugene and Laura moved to the town of Herrick, SD, in 1992. Eugene and Laura celebrated 63 years of marriage in November of 2019.
Eugene (Bud) was a loyal member of the Herrick American Legion Post 220, the Reliance American Legion Post 179 and the Burke Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9950. He served as a proud commander in the Burke VFW as well as the Herrick and Reliance American Legion.
Bud was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was an avid Twins baseball fan, baseball player and even coach to the Herrick Teeners.
His favorite pastimes were playing cards at Bernie’s, hunting, fishing, having a good cup of coffee with family and friends and taking Laura dancing.
Bud was a wonderful grandfather who always showed his love and support by making time for all of them.
Eugene (Bud) and his sense of humor, kind heart, strong will, determination, helpfulness and caring nature will be missed dearly by all of his friends and family.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Laura Reuer of Herrick, SD; sons, Eugene Reuer, Jr. and Bryan Reuer and wife, Kirstin; daughters, Sheree Hickey and husband, Terence and Patricia Reuer; a daughter-in-law, Jenn; grandchildren, Kelsey, Ashley, Tanner, Lacey, Samira, Gunner, Danielle, Aaron, Sierra and Dakota; great grandchildren, Finola, Chevelle, Holly, Denton, Jr., Chevy, Jasen, Jr., Hannah and Beth and his many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lena Reuer; his sisters, Helen Kenobbie and Estella Powers; a son, Brad Reuer and grandchildren, Kristoffer and Drew.
Clausen Funeral Home of Burke, SD, will be in charge of arrangements.