Dr. Edward Eichenberger
Edward Eichenberger, 90, of Harbor Springs, Michigan died peacefully on September 16, 2013 at Perry Farm Village, where he had been a resident for the last nine years. He was born on January 14, 1923 in Racine, Wisconsin to Edward and M. Louise (Habegger) Eichenberger. The oldest of four brothers, he grew up in Dixon, Illinois until his parents moved the family to their hometown of Berne, back among their Swiss roots.
It was in Berne, on the first day of high school, that he met his future bride, Marie Schwartz, also of Swiss decent. They were married on December 16, 1944. He had by then attended Indiana University and was serving in the U.S. Air Force. Following the war, he attended Albion College and graduated from Northwestern University Dental School. He re-enlisted and served two years as a dental officer in the Air Force, stationed in England and living outside of London with his wife and two small children.
In 1952, the family moved to Nappanee, where they lived for many years. He opened a dental practice in nearby Wakarusa in 1953. In 1976, after volunteering for several years as a mentor for the Elkhart County Probation Office, he retired from dentistry and began a second career as a full-time probation officer. He held that job for 10 years. The couple retired to their cottage in Douglas, Michigan in 1986 and moved to Harbor Springs, Michigan in the fall of 1993.
His children and grandchildren remember him fondly for his pleasantness, for his amazing recall of interesting facts and bits of information, for his storytelling, and for his many and varied interests. He was among the first of his generation to get a computer and read the New York Times regularly on his iPad up until the last week of his life.
He was an avid traveler and an adventuresome eater—and he passed these loves on to his family. He enjoyed water sports, including canoeing, sailing, iceboating, water-skiing and even surfing. He and his father-in-law built a cottage on Lake Syracuse, and he spearheaded a drive to build a public swimming pool in Nappanee.
He was also active in the Nappanee Civic Theater for many years—playing roles including Jud Fry in Oklahoma! and singing in the chorus of The King and I and South Pacific. He also helped with sets, publicity and lighting. He was a member of several Kiwanis clubs, serving as president of the Nappanee Club, and was also a member of the United Methodist Church.
After moving to Harbor Springs, Michigan, he took an interest in local history and became a member of the Harbor Springs Historical Society. He also worked for the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce, manning the information booth at the waterfront for several summers. He volunteered for the Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry and also enjoyed playing trombone with the Harbor Springs Community Band.
He is survived by a son, Kirk (Margaret) Eichenberger of Harbor Springs, Michigan; daughter, Jan (Marshall) Morley of Harbor Springs, Michigan; brother, Charles (Betty) Eichenberger; five grandchildren, Gretchen (Ameet) Aiyangar; Theron (Jennifer) Eichenberger; Sarah (Jered) Singleton; Casey (Joe) Guild; and Beth Morley; and four great-granddaughters, Carolyn, Allison, and Charlotte Eichenberger; and Anjali Aiyangar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1995; and two brothers, Daniel and Alan.
A memorial service will be held in December at Perry Farm Village.
Memorials may be made the Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry (P.O. Box 23) or Perry Farm Village.
Arrangements provided by Schiller Funeral Home. Online condolence may be made at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.