May 4, 1960-June 5, 2012
William L. (Bill) Eickholt, 52, of rural Geary County, Kan., and formerly of Ottoville, was lifted into heaven from his home on Tuesday surrounded by many members of his family following his brave, 14-month battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer.
He was born on May 4, 1960, in Lima to Jerome and Anna Marie (Turnwald) Eickholt, who preceded him in death.
On Nov. 5, 1994, he married Lisa Jean Teetzen at the First Presbyterian Church in Junction City, Kan. She survives.
Survivors also include nine brothers and sisters, Tom (Mary) Eickholt of Columbus Grove, Jane (Bill) Thomas of Lima, Jerry (Jann) Eickholt, Dan (Marcia) Eickholt, Frank (Judy) Eickholt of Ottoville, Mary Ann (Dale) Good of Fort Jennings, Ray (Carol) Eickholt of Van Wert, Kathy (Ed) Wehri of Delphos and Don (Marie-Anne) Eickholt of Junction City, Kan; 23 nieces and nephews and 19 great-nieces and nephews; and his goddaughter, Allison Metzger of Edmond, Okla.
He was also preceded in death by brothers Robert Eickholt and Joseph Eickholt; and great-nephew, Jack Eickholt.
Mr. Eickholt grew up on a farm near Ottoville, where he graduated from high school in 1978. He was a talented carpenter and spent many years in the construction of new homes, remodeling and maintenance fields. Most recently he was employed for 16 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Milford Lake Project as a carpenter where he recently earned the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. To Bill, anything that was worth doing was worth giving 100 percent and doing it right. He had mental and physical endurance which, coupled with an exceptionally strong work ethic, served him especially well both in his life work and his battle against brain cancer.
Eickholt had great pride in our country, his family and his work. He was dedicated to his wife, Lisa. He attended St. Xavier’s Catholic Church, Junction City, and was a former board member of the Geary County Farm Bureau and a former volunteer firefighter. In addition to his full-time job, he enjoyed helping his brother on his farm, working various carpentry side-jobs, working in his woodworking shop at home, and weekend trips with his wife.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Junction City, Pastor Matthew Glasgow and Fr. Al Brungardt officiating. Inurnment will be in the Lyona Cemetery, rural Junction City.
A vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel, 203 N. Washington St., with the family receiving visitors from 6-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 113 W. 5th St., Junction City, Kansas 66441, St. Xavier Catholic Church, P.O. Box 399, Junction City, KS 66441 or the National Brain Tumor Society For Research, 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472.
Online message can be left for the family at PenwellGabelJunctionCity.com.