William E. Eidschun
1929 - 2020
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William E. Eidschun

On November 4, 2020, late in the evening, William (Bill) Edward Eidschun went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His family and friends that had gone before him welcomed him home as the angels rejoiced.

Bill was born in McCurtain, Oklahoma on August 27, 1929, to Edna Lee and Leo Albert Eidschun. He was the sixth of eight children. As a young child, he and his family moved to Bokoshe, Oklahoma where he grew up and enjoyed sports, including basketball and baseball. He graduated from Bokoshe High School in 1947, as one of eight in the graduating class. After high school, Bill enlisted in the Air Force; after his four years of service, he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. Upon returning to Bokoshe, he married the love of his life (whom he met in the 3rd grade), Ida Ellen Tillery in January of 1951.

The following year they moved to California where Bill worked in underground construction including the PG&E Black Rock Project, San Diego Navy Port and San Luis Reservoir. He had a tremendous work ethic. His favorite motto was "if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing right" and this was evident throughout his life. During this time, Bill and Ida had a daughter, Dianna, and a son, David. In 1966, after working throughout California and deciding it was time to settle down, Bill moved his family to Reedley, California, and took a job at Reedley High School. He retired in 1991 as the gym equipment, facilities and maintenance manager.

Despite his rough exterior (to the end of his days, he had a grip that could break your hand in a handshake), Bill had a soft side, especially when it came to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bill and Ida had their first child, Dianna in 1952, followed by their son David in 1958. He was a family man through and through and spent many summers traveling to Oklahoma, in addition to spending time with his kids, swimming and playing baseball. Bill became a grandfather in 1980, with the birth of his first grandson, followed by two grand-daughters and another grandson.

He loved to garden, one of the things he was "famous" for. He had a garden big enough to feed his church family. He was very humble, but when it came to his garden he took great pride, especially in his tomatoes. If you ever had a question about soil or when to plant something, Bill had an answer. He was also great with woodworking and could always piece something together with scraps to create a "work of art." Most of his years of retirement were spent either in his garden or in his workshop.

Bill's biggest legacy was his relationship with Jesus Christ. Bill was baptized into Christ in 1957 and continued his faithful service to the Lord throughout his life. Bill's faith was unwavering and he always had a verse for whatever situation he was presented with. His biggest concern for anyone that he met was their salvation, and he made it his mission to teach anyone who would listen about the gospel of Christ. His most prized possession was his Bible, with its paper- thin pages (because of all the turning) and the highlights and annotations, because in any spare moment, he was studying the Word. He devoted his life to serving the Lord and was a true example of living life in service to others to everyone that knew and loved him. Bill was a member of the Sanger Church of Christ along with Ida for over 30 years.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ida, and 5 of his siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Dianna Branscom and her husband Tony, and his son David Eidschun and his wife Anita; his grandchildren Brad Duerksen and wife Colleen, Kelli Feehan and husband Calvin, Amy Eidschun and AJ Johnson, and Jake Eidschun; and his three great-grandchildren Carson and Kensi Feehan and Maddi Johnson.

Dianna, David and family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Redwood Springs and Optimal Hospice Care for the excellent care they gave Bill while he was there.

In lieu of flowers, gifts on Bill's behalf may be donated to the Manuelito Navajo Children's Home in Gallup, New Mexico, at mnch.org, one of the many ministries to which Bill was devoted.




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Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta from Nov. 9 to Nov. 14, 2020.
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