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EISCHEN MARTIN IKE EISCHEN, 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Born on February 7, 1928 to Martin C. and Edna Mae Eischen. He grew up in the upstate region of New York. Ike served honorably in the U.S. Army infantry during the Korean War and continued his military service in the U.S. Air Force retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1968. He later held security-related positions with the Florida Times Union, Florida State College and Wells Fargo Corporation. Above all, Ike was a strong Lutheran in his beliefs. He often said one of his greatest blessings in life was his decision to join the Lutheran Church. During his active years of church service, he taught confirmation and Sunday School, was an elder, and ushered. Ike was a skilled woodworking craftsman who specialized in custom furniture, clocks, ships and intricate little houses. Many of these treasures were passed on to friends and family over the years. Lastly, Ike was a true cigar connoisseur. He will always be remembered fondly as having one close by. Survivors include his loving wife, Sue, with whom he spent almost 54 years together praising our Savior and raising their two children, daughter Gretchen Eischen of Sacramento, California and son Erich (Lori) Eischen of Jacksonville. He is also survived by one granddaughter, Hilary Eischen, and his brother, Gary (Char) Eischen of Magalia, California, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 11:00am on Saturday, May 25, 2013, with Rev. Dana Brones officiating. A private interment service will take place at a later date with full military honors at Shady Rest Cemetery in Holly Hill, Florida. Please visit our online Tribute at Services under the direction and care of: Please Sign the Guestbook @
Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 24, 2013
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