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Eugene "Mr. B" Lee Borland

Eugene Lee Borland (Mr. B), age 71 of Tyndall, SD, died December 22, 2019 at University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Eugene (Gene) Lee Borland was born January 20, 1948 to Ervin and Edna (DeMers) Borland in Gregory, SD. As a child Gene helped on the family farm and driving tractor at the age of five. He graduated from Colome HS in 1966. He then attended Springfield Southern State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1970 and began teaching in Tyndall until his retirement in 2003.
Gene married Pauline Minahan November 28, 1970 in Geddes, SD. To this union two children were born, daughter Sherri Borland and son Christopher Borland.
Family vacations were very important to Gene. Trips included travels to the Black Hills, Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. The whole family enjoyed the outdoors.
Gene loved fishing and shared that love with his grandchildren by taking them fishing many times over the years. Gene’s love for teaching has inspired thousands of students throughout his 33 years of teaching. Gene also had a love of the weather. He was an avid storm chaser, getting hailed on many times in his adventures. He also enjoyed many trips to Ft. Randall Casino for the entertainment, food and fun. Gene’s love for his parent’s family farm continued as he would return to lend a hand during summer vacation from school.
Gene is survived by his children Chris (Michelle) Borland of Sioux Falls, SD, Sherri Borland of Lennox, SD; four grandchildren Melissa (Trinity), Mathew, Joey (Phyllis), Arianna and his best friend Mark.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and sister Diane.

A memorial has been established with Bon Homme Knights of Columbus Council #4002.


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I roomed with Gene at Southern for three years and he was a great guy and a great teacher. I would see him on and off through the year and catch up on what he was doing. Hard to believe he is gone.

Jerry Lihs Dec 30 2019 7:31 PM

I have fond memories of taking Typing 101 with Mr. B ... in 1983.... I used a Pepto Bismal pink standard typewriter that made a lot of noise when I hand pecked at each key. However, by the end of the semester and still to this day... I can type without looking at the keyboard all thanks to Mr. B. Later on, he was also my Study Hall babysitter too. The Class of 1985 truly has great memories of being in his Typing classes. Rest in peace kind sir.

Amy S. Petrik Dec 26 2019 8:43 PM

Our prayers and thoughts are with Gene's family. I was one of Gene's student teachers (I'm sure he had many) in the fall of 1973. I enjoyed visiting with him about the classes that I would be teaching and really appreciated that he let me conduct class without his presence. Even thought it was tough at first, it gave me the confidence to be in the classroom. He was a great guy and dedicated teacher.

Jim Kocer Dec 26 2019 7:19 PM

Chris and Shari, Condolences to you and your families during this time. Our entire family shared many fond memories of good times and laughter with Gene over the years. Many of his stories and history shared will live on forever. May he rest in peace and we are all better humans for having him in our lives.

Eric Borland Dec 26 2019 2:42 PM

My sympathy goes out to Mr. Borland's family. I took a couple of Mr.Borlands classes and after 37 years I can still type without looking at the keys. He was an compassionate teacher who loved what he did and would take the time to help a student out. I remember him as an easy, soft spoken teacher but could make his voice to be heard to a bunch of rowdy students and he would always tell us about his summer work on the family farm. It was an honor to get educated by a extraordinary teacher.

Gregg Cahoy Dec 26 2019 9:12 AM

Mr Borland. I think I was one of your first high school students. your family should be proud of you as you stuck with teaching after a year with my class sorry guys but we did give him a hard time. Well I can still type and spell I'm not sure what else you taught us but we made some good memories with you that we still laugh about her typing class I'm so happy to read that you made Tyndall South Dakota your home. Though I'm not there I still think of it as one of the best places on Earth. My condolences to your Family. May they cherish the memories that you have gave them. We need more people in teaching like you.

Julie Schneider Dec 25 2019 2:48 AM