OBITUARY

Frank "Fritz" M. Eichler

July 7, 1930April 11, 2019

Frank “Fritz” Martin Eichler, 88, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Born on July 7, 1930, in LeFors, TX, the first son to Frank Cook Eichler and Josephine Eugenia “Gene” (Collier) Eichler. Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James “Jimbo” Eichler, and Donny Eichler, and the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Mary Alice (Siemonsma) Eichler, whom he married on July 16, 1955, in Long Beach, CA. Survived by his 5 children and spouses, Frank and Debbie Eichler, Mark Eichler, Tim and Michele (Eichler) Lichter, Teresa Eichler, and Denise (Eichler) Cole; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends too numerous to name whom he loved and considered his extended family. Fritz served over 20 years in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot, or ‘Hired Killer,” as he laughingly liked to call it. His service included 3 years and 10 months of foreign service; a year-long tour in Vietnam, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star for his 155 combat missions in that time; the 1738 Ferrying Squadron, where he was once current in 13 types of planes at once; and to finish, an assignment in the Pentagon as a Lieutenant Colonel, working on the famous Sabre Tiger study, and then declining a Generalcy to retire and spend more time with his family. Fritz tackled the world of entrepreneurship after his retirement. He successfully ran a travel trailer business, 2 Amoco service stations, "Eichler's Clover Farm" grocery store in Parker, SD, "The Chicken Coop" restaurant in Sioux Falls, SD, and finally took a dip into real estate as a realtor in Cincinnati, OH. He was named the Washington, D.C., Redskins #1 fan when he pioneered publicizing their stats on his Amoco station windows before the advent of the insta-information age; he brought that energy and spirit of fun to everything he did. Fritz was a devoted Catholic and a monumental champion of Tradition. His free time was spent volunteering at his grandchildren’s school and his parish church, cooking for boarding students, helping construct a summer camp, and gardening. His famous ‘signature pies’ made their way to parish auctions and favorite pharmacists, and all his grandchildren have fond memories of Sunday morning omelets, painted Easter egg traditions, and working alongside him to ‘get the job done’.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Frank "Fritz" M. Eichler

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Hayley Hubbard

April 17, 2019

I helped care for him and he was so appreciative of everything! Great man.

Phil Morricak

April 17, 2019

A life well lived! Our country is thankful for his service!

Mary Lamping

April 15, 2019

Remembering your dad as a wonderful, funny, inspiring Catholic gentleman. Love and prayers to all.

Mike Miller

April 13, 2019

I can remember it like it was yesterday, 42 years ago this week I was 15 years old and after school walked into Eichler's Clover Farm and up to Fritz putting lettuce in the produce counter and asked for a job. I was hired and that was the beginning of a great man and his loving funny wife Mary and their kids to be forever part of who I am today. I will never forget all the "Fritz" phrases I still know, love and use to this day and think of the one and only Fritz when I do.

I last saw Fritz in March 2013 and had a great time visiting and went with him to Mary's grave site to say the rosary. Fritz you are now back by her side where you belong.

Eternal rest grant unto Fritz and Mary, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY