Virgil Eichenberger

virgil eichenberger
Virgil H. Eichenberger, age 69, of Elma, IA, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington, IA with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating Mass. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Alta Vista, IA, with military rites provided by the Elma Ameriacan Legion Post #597. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA and will continue one hour at the church prior to Mass. Online condolences for Virgil’s family may be left at Memorials may be directed to his family. Virgil Herman Eichenberger was born on November 3, 1948 to Raymond and Agnes (Galing) Eichenberger in Elma, IA. Virgil attended and graduated from St. Mary’s School in North Washington in 1967. He entered the U.S. Army and was in the Vietnam Conflict. After he received his honorable discharge he returned home and was united in marriage to Alice Lechtenberg on January 16, 1971 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, IA. The couple made their home near Alta Vista where he farmed until 1988. They then moved to Warroad, MN where Virgil was employed by Marvin Windows. In 1991 he moved to Elma, IA where he was employed as a diesel mechanic until he retired. Virgil enjoyed touring the countryside looking at crops and visiting with family and friends. He also enjoyed fixing cars, lawn mowers and anything mechanical and spending time with his cats. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Washington, Alta Vista VFW and the Elma American Legion. Virgil is survived by his children Amy (Troy) Kupser of Monticello, MN, Jeanne Johnson of Warren, MN, Jason (Nicol) Eichenberger of Warroad, MN, Kim Eichenberger of Grand Forks, ND, and Jeremy Eichenberger of Warroad, MN; grandchildren, Jessica, Brianna, Ashlee, Rudy, Anthony, Grace, Pauline Axl and Beckett; brother Bernard (Eileen) Eichenberger of Alta Vista; sister Bernice (Rich) Toepfer of Charles City, IA and several nieces and nephews. Virgil is preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Agnes Eichenberger.

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  1. May the memories of your loved one console you during the next days. All our thoughts and prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  2. Prayers For Family & Friends, During This Sad Time of Loss. I’ve known Virgil for almost 30 Years. He lived a block North of us. He tilled our garden, moved black dirt for us & was on His mower often. He Loved to eat my cooking & baking. My Vegetable Beef Soup, Pies, Pecan, Peach, Coconut Cream & Banana Bread, He would say, “I’m fat cause I Love to Eat.” He could put it away, LOL. He always said I made good Coffee. He would see us in the yard, pull up on the mower & visit for hours. We would have a few beers. I would always say, “Better watch your blood sugar.” He’d give me “that look,” & say, “Might just as well eat & drink what you want, we’re all going to die one day.” He is young,, sad his body just gave out. Yes, He Loved His Cats. They were company when he was home. I remember all the Cadillacs he loved. Ran on diesel. were snazzy. He Loved his Trucks, Cars. He Loved Reminiscing about his Parents, Children, Grankids, Life with Alice, “The Good Old Days.” We thank Him For His Service & Sacrifices For Our Country & Freedom. He endured alot with His Health, So Is Free From All of the Afflictions. Strength & Peace. God Bless You All.

  3. Virgil, I will always remember your visits up north with Dennis, to jack and myself and your stories. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Renita Tesch Backus, MN

  4. Virgil, I will always remember your visits up north with Dennis, to jack and myself and your stories. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Renita Tesch Backus, MN

  5. Thank you Virgil for instilling a love of country and others in your children and grandchildren. You served our country with honor and grace … may you always be remembered for this very special sacrifice and now be honored for this tremendous service. I see the light of your love in Jeanne, Ashley, and Rudy and honor you for that special bond. I look forward to the day we meet in heaven and can rejoice in the impact you have made in your kids lives. Well done!! Cheryl

  6. My sincerest sympathy to the family of my dear classmate. I can’t recall a specfic memory. However I felt he was a true member of our little class team! We were small but connected. Resting in peace now! Much love. Jane Jenn Mumm💝

  7. We have some great memories of our school days at North Washington. Sending our thoughts and prayers from Virgil’s classmates of the class of 1967.

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