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MARVIN GENE WEHMEYER

  • MARVIN GENE WEHMEYE
    MARVIN GENE WEHMEYE

Marvin “Gene” Wehmeyer passed from this life on July 31, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas after a courageous fight with cancer at the age of 76. He was born on December 18, 1944, in Guadalupe County, Texas to William Henry Wehmeyer and Ruth Helen Stahl Wehmeyer, the youngest of six children.

Gene moved from Seguin to San Antonio when he was eight years old. He graduated from Highlands High School. His career in machining and steel fabricating that began at Alamo Iron Works was interrupted by the call to active duty. He served in the U.S Army’s 238th Maintenance Company assigned to the 5th ARVN Infantry in My Tho, Vietnam, and was honorably discharged after being wounded in 1968.

Shortly after his return, he became the proud father of his daughter, Sharon, whom he raised to have a strong appreciation for getting a job done right. He then moved to Bandera, where he operated his own machining and steel fabricating business for nearly 40 years. During his long career, Gene took pride in his work, which includes many beautiful structures in and around the San Antonio area including the Hemisfair Park arch, some structures on the Riverwalk and the airport, and he worked on the Tower of Americas when it was being built for the 1968 World’s Fair. He even delved into the movie business, building a hydraulic platform for the movie, ‘Utopia’ in 2013.

In 1988, Gene met the love of his life, Debbie. On July 22, 1989, they were joined in matrimony. They were married for 32 wonderful years. If Debbie had an idea, Gene would find a way to create it. Debbie brought three additional children into Gene’s life, and he treated them as his own from the beginning. They loved him as though he were their father. Gene and Debbie’s partnership extended into their shared business, which she joined in 1998. Never one to be idle, Gene liked to spend his spare time building hotrods and volunteering in the community. He served as a Director for the Bandera County River Authority & Groundwater District from 2009-2021.

Gene is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie, his daughter, Sharon Homoya (Bruce) of Lakeway, TX, his step-daughters, Colby Craig (Jason) of San Antonio, TX, and Kristy Young (Joshua) of Bandera, TX, as well as his grandchildren: Hannah Homoya, Bruce P. Homoya III, Lauren Craig, Madison Young, Chloe Young, Cooper Young, and Krishna Anderson. He is also survived by his siblings: Ruby Pierson and Bennie Wehmeyer, both of San Antonio, TX, and Freddie Wehmeyer of Whitney, TX, as well as by numerous extended family members and lifetime friends. Gene is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Evalyn Baer, his brother, William Wehmeyer, Jr., and his step-son, William Scott Anderson.

Memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate).