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Hybridizer Eugene Buckles (1899-1969)

Sikeston, Missouri, USA

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Gene Buckles on December 13, 1969. He leaves his wife, Irene, a daughter and a son, his mother, Mrs. Leora Kate Buckles, and five grandchildren. Gene moved to Sikeston, Mo., at the age of twenty-four, and helped to open the new International Shoe factory there. After working for this company for forty-four years, he retired in the spring of 1965. He had been an avid gardener since 1952. Shortly after that, Gene became interested in irises, and in 1965 introduced his first irises, ADA ANNE and LEORA KATE. He became well known for the latter since it had the quality of reblooming in the fall with a show-type stalk. Later introductions were LILA CAROL, JANICE RUTH, JUNA KAY, OLYMPIC KATE, CELESTIAL DAWN, DAWN'S PROMISE, GOLDEN DRESS, EMMA LOUISE (Also a rebloomer), MISTER RHETT, MEGHAN, SILVERY LILAC and DIAMOND BLUE. He helped organize the Men's Garden Club of Sikeston, and served as its first president. He was one of the organizers of the SEMO iris Society, and was its first president. Only a week before his death, he had been elected again as president of the SEMO club. He was a Garden Judge of the American Iris Society. -Dave Niswonger [AIS Bulletin #197, April 1970, p.103]


Border Bearded: 'Brown Lasso', 'Olympic Kate',

Tall Bearded: 'Ada Anne', 'Blossom Pink', 'Butterscotch Trim', 'Celestial Dawn', 'Cool And Lovely', 'Dance Beat', 'Dawn's Promise', 'Debra Jean', 'Diamond Blue', 'Emma Louisa', 'Gene Buckles', 'Glowing Volcano', 'Golden Dress', 'Janice Ruth', 'Juna Kay', 'Leora Kate', 'Lila Carol', 'Meghan', 'Mister Rhett', 'Moon Mirage', 'Pink Persian', 'Silvery Lilac', 'Stained Ivory'

-- BobPries - 2012-05-18
Topic revision: r7 - 27 Sep 2021, DavidPotembski
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