Oct. 26, 1931-Oct. 11, 2013
Eugene Edward Fuhs, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, October 11, 2013 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Gene, the son of Edward and Minnie (Johnson) Fuhs, was born on October 26, 1931 in St. Paul. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1950.
As a young man, Gene enlisted in the United States Air Force. While serving in Germany, he met the love of his life, Ruth Dehlem, and married her on June 5, 1954 in Heidelberg, Germany. They returned to the United States in 1955, making their home in Park Rapids.
In 1956, they moved to Detroit Lakes and Gene worked at A & B Supply Company. In the early 60's, Gene started Fuhs & Associates, and continue to work until retiring at the age of 75. After his retirement he continued to volunteer as a tax consultant for VITA until the time of his death.
Gene was confirmed at First Lutheran Church and was also a lifelong member. He was a member of the Eagles Club, chartered member of the Optimist Club, a lifetime member of the American Legion, where he also served as post commander and also a lifetime member of the VFW.
Gene was also a longtime board member of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association. He enjoyed playing golf, softball and was a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
Surviving Gene are his wife, Ruth Fuhs of Detroit Lakes; his children, Juanita (Keith) Gowder of Summerville, S.C., Edward (Kathryn) Fuhs of Duluth, Minn., Steven (Kimberly) Fuhs of Detroit Lakes and Sharon (Ruben) Esquivel of West Fargo; seven grandchildren, Tammy (James) Ngeno, Robert (Suzanne) Palmer, Sara Fuhs, Daniel Fuhs, Kellie (Nick) Daley, Taylor (Ashton) Fuhs and Rebeca Esquivel; seven great grandsons; one sister, Sonia (Wesley) Tessman of Grand Rapids; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Gene in death were his parents; great grandson, Elijah; and two sisters, Marinette Emerson and Elorius Commers.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church "Radio Broadcast," 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Wade Dutton officiating.
Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at www.westkjos.com.