Virgil Anthony Eichenseer, 92, of Swansea, Ill., born Feb. 15, 1924, in Hecker, Ill., died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Eichenseer was a retired plumbing contractor. He had been co-owner, with his brother Harold, of Eichenseer Plumbing in Hecker, Ill. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish in Belleville, Ill. Virgil was an avid pheasant hunter, often traveling to the Dakotas for hunting, and he also enjoyed frogging. A World War II U.S. Coast Guard veteran, he participated in the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans.
He was preceded in death by his son, James A. Eichenseer I; a grandson, Jeremy T. Weaver; a granddaughter, Hope Nicole Campbell; his parents, Theodore W. and Mary V., nee Pour, Eichenseer; a brother, Harold L. (Laverne) Eichenseer; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn E. Nester and Rose Marie Gundlach.
Surviving are his loving wife of 71 years, Shirley J., nee Gundlach, Eichenseer, whom he married on August 23, 1944; his daughter, Cheri M. Weaver of Swansea, Ill.; two grandchildren, James A. "Jay" (Tammy) Eichenseer II of Iuka, Ill., and Rebecka Eichenseer of Belleville, Ill.; two great-grandchildren, Ayla M. and James A. III Eichenseer; nieces and nephews; and his canine companion, Minnie.
Memorials may be made in the form of Masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. Peter's Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at St. Peter's Cathedral with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Inurnment will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 5, 2016