Gilbert V. Eiker Sr., 91, life-long resident of Emmitsburg, died unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at home.
Born April 26, 1921, in Emmitsburg, he was the son of the late Frank Samuel Eiker and Laura VanSickle Eiker. He was the husband of Regina Mary Lingg Eiker, his wife of 64 years, who died in 2007.
He was a veteran of the Army
, serving as a Tech. Sgt. during World War II
in the European Theater, Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded a Bronze Star
. He worked as a baker for Mt. St. Mary's University for 22 years, and later worked from 1962 until his retirement for Moore business forms in the maintenance department.
He was proud of his family heritage and to be the grandson of a Civil War veteran. He was an avid coon and fox hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 121, V.F.W
. Post 6658, and the Indian Lookout Conservation Club all of Emmitsburg. In his early years he enjoyed archery along with his brothers.
Surviving are son Gilbert V. Eiker Jr. and wife Rebecca, of Rocky Ridge; grandchildren Brian C. Eiker and wife Jennifer, Barry A. Eiker and Erin N. Eiker; great-grandchildren Megan Eiker, Nathaniel and Susannah Krom; numerous nieces and nephews; and caregivers and friends Cathy and Tony Redman, of Emmitsburg.
He was the last of his immediate family.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Lois L. Eiker Sears; three brothers; three sisters; a grandson, Steven K. Krom; and a great-grandson, Andrew C. Eiker.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 210 W. Main St., Emmitsburg.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with John C. Morrill as funeral celebrant. Interment, with military honors, will be in the New St. Joseph's Cemetery in Emmitsburg.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the
Online condolences may be offered at www.myersdurborawfh.com