WHEATLAND – It is with much sadness that we express the loss of Eugene “Gene” Lee Schuldies, 80. Gene passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 in his home south of Wheatland.
Gene was born on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1941, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the son of Henry Schuldies and Clara (Dittenber) Schuldies. He was baptized and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
He attended primary school in Mitchell, Nebraska, and then moved to the southeast corner of Wyoming, where he attended and then graduated in 1960 from Huntley School. Gene was a wonderful athlete and held two state track records for numerous years. On April 29, 1962, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Jean (Starr) Schuldies. They lived for a short period of time in Torrington and then in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Gene and Phyllis moved to Wheatland in 1964, and three years later they purchased their farm southwest of Wheatland. Gene grew up farming and had a tremendous love of the land. For the next 44 years, he and Phyllis lived, loved and raised their three boys on the farm.
Of all of the things Gene loved to do, he loved spending time with his family, farming and raising cattle the most. But he also had plenty of room in his great big heart to enjoy fishing, travel, football, German weddings, dancing, following his children and then grandchildren in sports, and the occasional trip to Blackhawk or Deadwood.
Gene was active in the Wheatland community and served on the Platte County Farm Service Agency board for one term, as well as on the Wheatland REA Board as a director for 24 years.
Gene Schuldies was preceded in death by his son, Scott Schuldies on Nov. 29, 1984; his father, Henry Schuldies on Nov. 5, 1993; his mother, Clara Schuldies on Aug. 30, 2013; and brother, Allen Dwaine Schuldies on March 10, 2003.
He was survived by his wife, Phyllis Schuldies; son, Nick (Lisa) Schuldies; son, Todd (Hillary) Schuldies; grandchildren, Landon (Kelli) Schuldies, Courtney (Bob) Goodson, Sydni (Dylan) Sandstedt, Aubri Schuldies, and Bryce Schuldies; great grandchildren, Grace, Aiden, and Clara Schuldies and Nathan, Bobby, and Camille Goodson; and niece, Staci Johnston.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at the Wheatland Cemetery with Pastor Casey Schroeder of First Christian Church officiating. A luncheon followed at First Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Wheels to Get You There c/o Platte Valley Bank, Wheatland, The NEEMA fund c/o First Christian Church, Wheatland, or Transportation Assistance for Dialysis Patients through the Thrift Store in Wheatland.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland was in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com.