Eugene “Gene” B. Weller, 66, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 3, 2003

The funeral service for Eugene “Gene” B. Weller of Albert Lea will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the United Methodist Church in Geneva. The Rev. Gary Liker will officiate. Interment will be in the Geneva Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Albert Lea Veteran’s Organizations. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gene was born Oct. 17, 1936, in Owatonna, the son of Roy E. and Helen (Burshem) Weller. He graduated from Ellendale High School.

He served our country in the U.S. Army Reserve from Feb. 18, 1956, until receiving his honorable discharge on Feb. 7, 1959.

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He was united in marriage to Joyce Schaeffer in 1961.

Throughout his life he had resided in Albert Lea, Geneva, Wells and Conger. Gene had worked in Albert Lea at Universal and then later at Wilson Co/Farmstead until his retirement. After retiring, he went back to working part-time at Byerly Foods International in Lake Mills.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Geneva and the Union Center. He played softball with area teams and also enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling. His favorite times were those spent with his children and grandchildren.

Gene died on Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. He was 66.

Gene is survived by three children: Larry Weller and his wife Dawn of Waseca, Bruce Weller and his wife Misha of WeIdona, Colo., and Debbie and her husband Roger Tuma Jr. of Lake Mills, Iowa; grandchildren: Joshua, Grant and Brynn of Waseca, Tony Weller, Tawnle and Tarran Martinez and Tyler Weller, all of WeIdona, Colo., and Michael, Cody and Shay Tuma of Lake Mills, Iowa; brother, Jim Weller and his wife Carolyn of Clarks Grove; nephew, Jeff Weller of Sioux Falls, S.D.; niece, Jamie Hernandez and her husband Sergio of Clarks Grove; cousins, aunts and uncles; and special beloved pet friend, Fred.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandson, Taylor Weller.