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On July 10, 2016, Kenneth Eichelberger, 97, left this earth to be greeted by his Lord and Savior.
Kenneth was born in Davenport, Nebraska on March 26, 1919, as the youngest child of four to Aaron and Mattie Eichelberger.
Kenneth married Alverta Schweitzer on January 12, 1941 and to this union were born three children. In 1955 they moved to Idaho and spent most of their lives in the Buhl area before moving to Filer to live with their son in 2014.
As a youngster, Kenneth traveled to live and work in Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Idaho or wherever he could find work. Once he settled in Idaho he spent many years working at Northrop King. He also worked as a custodian at the Buhl Elementary School in his later years, where he enjoyed interacting with the teachers and children. He loved working hard with his hands, especially if it was outdoors. He loved cutting wood for the wood stove. He also enjoyed camping, hiking and picnics. After retirement, Kenneth spent hours in his workshop crafting items he thought would bring joy to those around him. His family and those who knew him were often the recipients of his crafts.
Kenneth is survived by his three children, daughter, Sharon Hildreth of Buhl, sons, Gary (Shirly) of Filer and Kent (Tamara) of Buhl; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; his wife; son-in-law, Robert Hildreth and grandson, Alan Eichelberger.
During his retirement, Kenneth daily read the Bible reading through it 53 times. Because of the importance of the Bible in His life, the family is suggesting that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Gideons International, an organization that distributes Bibles worldwide.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the Filer Mennonite Church in Filer, Idaho. There will be a viewing between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Farmer Funeral Chapel. Arrangements are under the guidance and direction of Farmer Funeral Chapel of Buhl, Idaho.
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