George Mark Eichelberger, 90, Marysville, died Friday, November 10, 2017 at Community Memorial Healthcare, Marysville. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 18, at Immanuel (State Line) Lutheran Church, north of Marysville. Rev. Suzanna How officiated. Mary Lou Retchless was organist and Ron Grauer sang “How Great Thou Art,” “Softly and Tenderly” and “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.” “Anchors Away” was also played. Honorary pallbearers were Jon Ungerer, Larry Prine, Jeff Ungerer, Jim Ungerer, Bill Raymond, Jared Ungerer, Forrest Maendele, James Ungerer and Jeremiah Ungerer. He was born on March 4, 1927 to George and Marie (Maendele) Eichelberger in Marysville. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1945. George served in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1970, after serving 21 years. He spent 2 years in the Army and retired after 19 years working with the U.S. Postal Service. George was united in marriage to Betty Lou Bednar on December 16, 1950 in Yuma, Az. They were blessed with two sons, Greg and Brad. He was a member of Immanuel State Line Lutheran Church, Masons for 60 years, VFW for over 35 years and the American Legion for 52 years. With the Masons, he served as Worshipful Master of Oketo Lodge #25, as District Deputy Grand Master of District #’s 17 and 21, for 4 years. He was a perpetual life member of Oketo Lodge and outstanding Mason of the Year in 2011. George served as Adjuant in Marysville Legion Post #163, for several years. George enjoyed gardening, mowing and just sitting in his garage with his cup of coffee and reading books. He could be seen buzzing around on his golf cart in search for the first available cup of coffee. He was given a surprise 90th birthday party in March and was honored to see his son Brad, retire from the military, last month. George also enjoyed special time with his great granddaughter, Tayden, each day and visits to Omaha, to see his family. George was a kind, caring, loving and thoughtful soul. He always had a smile for everyone and had the ability to put words of wisdom and joy into a simple card to anyone needing uplifting thoughts during their time of need. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Betty in 2002; sisters, Thelma Partridge, Felice Heinzelman, Grace Keeney; and special friend, Nelda Ungerer. Survivors include sons, Greg (Judy) Eichelberger, Brad (Marjean) Eichelberger; five grandchildren, Tamara Thomas, Joshua (Jackie) Eichelberger, Lindsay (Joshua) Lehechka, Justin (Sarah Atchison) Eichelberger and Sean (Abbie) Eichelberger; and six great grandchildren, Summer Schroedl, Barrett and Duke Eichelberger, Cole and Emerson Lehechka and Tayden Eichelberger.
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