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William R. "Bill" Eichhorst

Eichhorst, William R. "Bill" 91, of Elgin passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Pressence St. Joseph Hospital. He was born March 11, 1921 in Steven Point, WI, the son of William H. and Julie Nugent Eichhorst. Bill moved to Elgin in his early years and was a graduate of Elgin High School and Ellis Business College. Bill was employed by Elgin Paper Co. for 50 years; retiring as vice president, director of sales. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp in England, North Africa and Italy. He received the Bronze Star of meritorious achievement as Master Sergeant with the 15th Air Force Headquarters in Italy. He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church Elgin where he served as an usher for many years. Bill was a life member and past Exalted Ruler of Elgin Elks Lodge 737: Honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus; 58 year member of American Legion Post 57, Elgin; past president and member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, Elgin. Surviving are his wife, Alice Dauel Eichhorst whom he married in April, 1986; his granddaughter, Dana R. Eichhorst; daughter-in-law, Joan Eichhorst (Paul Bender); stepdaughter, Valerie (John) Seisser; stepgranddaughters, Michelle (Randy) Bannach and Stacy Pieatek; stepgrandson, Andrew Seisser and stepgreat-grandson, Tyler Bannach. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Charlotte Helper Eichhorst in 1961; second wife, Shirley Stolt Eichhorst in 1976; his son, Stephen W. Eichhorst in 1992; his sister, Anne Eichhorst in 2000; and stepdaughter, Sally Piatek in 1998. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 15 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Elgin. Burial with honors will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation will be held on Friday, from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin and then on Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. until the time of mass in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Thomas More Catholic Church or St. Edward High School, Elgin. www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or 847-741-8800.

Funeral Home

Laird Funeral Home
310 South State Street Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 741-8800

Published in Courier News on Dec. 13, 2012
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