Metcalf Funeral Directors

1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX


Ronnie "Ike" Eikenberg

18 July , 19569 November , 2019

Ronnie Eikenberg, known to friends as “Ike”, passed away suddenly at his home on November 9th, 2019, at the age of 63 years. A native Texan raised in Houston, Ike attended Baylor University and Sam Houston State University, graduating with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and Educational Administration. During Ike’s Baylor tenure at Baylor University, he played under famed coach, Grant Teaff and helped the team to become Southwest Conference Champions in 1974. While at Baylor, Ike met the love of his life, Babette Metcalf. Babette and Ike met on the basketball court where she quickly showed him who reigned supreme on the court. Their love grew from there and they got married on June 17, 1978. In time, the Baylor Bears would raise two cubs, Chris and Amy who would go on to share their parents’ passion for life and Baylor athletics. Ike’s career in education spanned more than three decades. His time in education culminated with the role of Director of JJAEP Schools for Conroe Independent School District. Ike retired in 2014 and along with his wife Babette left the hustle and bustle of Montgomery County for the tranquility of Camp Wood in Real County. Babette and Ike quickly got to work designing and building their dream home at the base of Crown Mountain. While building their forever home, the Eikenbergs ended up building a network of close friends and family that would enrich their lives for years to come. Ike got his feet wet in Camp Wood volunteerism in 2012 by joining the Crown Mountain Water Service Corporation Water Board, but as the years went on and Ike’s passion for the community of Camp Wood grew, his role within the community extended. He served on the Camp Wood Library Board, grew in leadership amongst the community of believers at Saint Mary of Magdalen, and took up the role of Emergency Response Coordinator for Real County. Ike is survived by his wife of 41 years, Babette Eikenberg, children, Chris Eikenberg and Amy Eikenberg Renz, son-in-law Adam Renz, and his big brother, Chuck Eikenberg. Ike was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Mudge Eikenberg, and sister Liz Eikenberg. A visitation will be held at Nelson Funeral Home in Camp Wood on Monday, November 11th, starting at 5:00pm. A rosary will be said in Ike’s memory starting at 7:00pm. Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at 9:00am, on Tuesday November 12th at Saint Mary of Magdalen’s and will be officiated by Father Clay Hunt and Father Sady Nelson Santana. He will be taken back to Conroe, Texas and laid to rest in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery Wednesday, November 13th at 11:00 AM. A visitation for friends and family in the Conroe area will occur Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Metcalf Funeral Directors, 1801 E White Oak Terrace. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ike’s name can be made to the Camp Wood Public Library at PO Box 138, Camp Wood, TX 78833. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Eikenberg family by clicking on the "Add a Memory" tab.


  • Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life Tuesday, 12 November , 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, 12 November , 2019
  • Graveside Service and Interment Wednesday, 13 November , 2019


Ronnie "Ike" Eikenberg

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Sarah Davis Novak

15 November 2019

Dear Babette - my thoughts and prayers are with you and Chris & Amy. I hope the memories you both shared through 41 years will help you through this difficult time. I am so very sorry.

Judson Pritchard

15 November 2019

Just a note to say we are thinking of you and your family. You are all in our prayers. God Bless You. Judson and Pat Pritchard

Terry Woods

13 November 2019

Babette, I am so sorry to hear about IKE. I remember well when we met. Your son was in the third grade. I was new to the district and so was he. It was always a pleasure to be around you. I enjoyed IKE and his zest for life and his enthusiasm for education no matter the circumstances or the ISD. It was super cool when one day long after I left Willis ISD to find IKE as principal in the building next to mine in CISD. I have been at Hauke for 15 years. I think about you often and hope we connect sometime again. My prayers are with you and your family.

Loretta Burleigh

13 November 2019

Randy & I were neighbors in Buffalo Springs s/d. Loved going over to their house to visit. Always felt welcomed around Ike & Babette. I will light a candle at St Mary's in Plantersville, Sunday. May the love of family & friends surround Babette, Amy,Adam & Chris.
Loretta & Randy Burleigh

Michael Hufstetler

12 November 2019

Ike was fun to be around and a great person to work with. He loved those kids. My greatest sympathy goes out to Babette, Chris, and Amy. RIP IKE

Debbie Mack

12 November 2019

Gary, Wesley, Cody and I have so many fun memories of the time we all spent together on East Shore Drive and on Lake Conroe. You were an awesome neighbor and a very special friend to our entire family. You are loved by many and will be missed so much. We still have that amazing letter you wrote us and remember all of our Sunday dinners. You will be in our hearts forever. We love the Eikenbergs. ❤️

Marquis Johnson

12 November 2019

Coach Ike was my high school football coach from 1982 - 1986 at Conroe High School. One of the best. He will forever be in our hearts. Condolences to his loving wife, who was also my biology teacher in 1984.
May God Bless You All.
Marquis Demon Johnson and family.

Joe and Marie Craig

12 November 2019

Such fond memories of Ronnie. Our boys grew up together. There is a special place in heaven for him. So very sorry. Love to all!

steven Washington

12 November 2019

Blessings Eikenberg Family,
I'm Steven Washington, a teammate of "Ike's" from the Baylor 1974 team. Please know my family and I share our love and prayers to and for you during this time of loss.

Rev. Steven Washington
Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church
Selma, Al.

Mary (Aucoin) Kaarto

12 November 2019

Although unfortunately I was too young to remember if I ever met Ike (esp. since we were apparently close in age), I remember meeting Chuck and Liz when I was a small child, either at my grandma's house or my Aunt Lillian & Uncle Jimmy Storey's house. Judging from his photo and obit, I know I would have liked him a great deal.

Nevertheless, I wanted to let his family know how very sorry I am for your loss. I believe y'all are my family's third cousins, but I'm not sure.

May God comfort and strengthen you during this painful time.