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“If you have ever spent much time with Mr. Eiler you realize that he was a particular person. He always had to have things just so. I have had the...Read More »
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“I spoke to Richard by telephone only a few weeks ago. I can hear his voice now... ”
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“Sue, Jeff, and kids-Sam, Steph, and I send our condolences and prayers to you all in the Lois of you dad/grandad. Love to all! ”
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T. Richard Eiler, Jr., 88, passed away early Wednesday morning, August 16, 2017, at Park Place Senior Living in Ft Wayne, with his loving daughter at his bedside after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born Sep 8, 1928 in Ft Worth, Texas to the late T. Richard (Sr.) and Ruth E. (Harris) Eiler. When he was an infant his parents moved from Texas to Indiana. He spent his entire childhood in the Lakeside neighborhood of Ft. Wayne graduating from North Side High School in 1946. From Sep 1946 to Mar 1948, he served in the US Army in South Korea; he received the WW II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Following his military service, he attended Purdue University, W. Lafayette under the GI Bill graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Air Transportation. Shortly after graduation he relocated to Alexandria, VA to begin his career as a Packaging Engineer for the Department of Defense at the Fort Belvoir Research and Development Center, where he remained until he retired on April 1, 1988 with 37.5 years of service. In the summer of 1958, he was set up on a blind date with Lois E. Caldwell. A year later on Aug 15, 1959, he and Lois were married and moved to Springfield VA, where they raised their daughter and lived until his retirement. In 1989, he and his wife moved back to Ft Wayne to be closer to family. He became involved in community service serving on The Community Service Council representing Northeast Area Partnership and The Bode Grove Neighborhood Association. He was a proud member of the American Society for Testing & Materials since 1977; the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association since 1958; and a lifetime member of the Purdue University Alumni Association. He had a passion for airplanes and a love of flying, receiving his Private Pilot's License during college. He cherished time spent with family and friends and saw himself as a mentor to younger generations. He pocessed an amazing memory and loved to share his many memories, stories and experiences. His other interests included traveling with his wife, photography, fishing, antique cars, and listening to music. Surviving are his daughter, Susan (Jeffrey) Woodring of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Patrick (Jeni) Hatcher of Noblesville, IN, Katelin Hatcher of Fort Worth, TX and Allison Hatcher of Cicero, IN. Richard was preceded in death by his wife, of almost 50 years, Lois C. Eiler on July 29, 2009.
Funeral Service is 10:00 am, Saturday, August 26, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with Heartland Hospice Chaplin Kris McPherson officiating. Calling Friday August 25, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, IN. Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com