Melvin Walter Eilers

February 28, 1922July 23, 2014
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Melvin Eilers, Sr., age 92, was born on February 28, 1922 in Pottsville, TX to William & Helen Rapp Eilers. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pottsville, TX. He graduated from Pottsville High School in 1940. Melvin served his country in WWII, being inducted into the US Army Air Corp in 1942. He received four Bronze Battle Stars – Rome Arno, Italy, Southern France and North Apennines and Po Valley, Italy. He was discharged in 1945. He was united in marriage to Aline Knipstein on March 28, 1943. To this union four children were born, Melvin, Jr., Larry, Donna & William. Aline preceded him in death on May 1, 1983. Melvin married Leona Zschiesche on June 23, 1984 and they resided in Hamilton, TX. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion where he served as Commander and held numerous other offices. He was an Agent for Germania Insurance for 50 years and a farmer and rancher all of his life. Melvin is survived by his children, Melvin Eilers, Jr. & wife Gwen, Larry Eilers & wife Pam, Donna Wagner & William (Bill) Eilers & wife Diane. His grandchildren, Cathy, Jenni, Leslie, Jasen, Cassi, Brad, Greg, Nathan, Ciara, Evan, Erich & Alina and twelve great grandchildren. Also survived by his wife Leona Eilers & step-children Threasa Boyar, Janice Canard and David Low, Michael & Ernestine Zschiesche, and Yvonne and Howard Martin and several grandchildren & great grandchildren. Funeral services have been set for 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 26 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Pottsville, TX. Burial will follow at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, July 25 at Riley Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jasen Wagner, Brad Eilers, Greg Eilers, Grant Cline, Evan Eilers, Erich Eilers, Wade Purtell, Quinc Pearcy, Nathan Butler, & Justin Montandon. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Wagner, Jerome Pietzsch, Raymond Eilers, Alvis Eilers & Ervin Seims. Melvin was a role model to his children in all that was good, loving, honest and ethical. He made sure his children knew material possessions did not measure the worth or integrity of a person. He will be missed. Memorials to be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery or the Trinity Lutheran Church. Please leave online condolences at Riley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Stewart Bates

July 29, 2014

So sorry to hear about your dad. We have lost one of the best. He will be missed. Stay strong.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Stewart Bates

david reinert

July 28, 2014

Bill, Larry, and Family:

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. What a great man he was, so even tempered and real gentleman.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

David Reinert

Sharon Kane

July 27, 2014

Donna and family members, I am sorry for your loss and sorry I could not be with you today as you bid goodbye to your father. Know I was there in spirit.

July 27, 2014

Herb Eilers was my step-dad. I remember going to Melvin's farm as a young kid. They put me on a pony that took off, ran under a clothesline and ripped my new shirt. That was a real hoot, but not at the time.

Melvin was a kind man and a real gentleman. The world is a better place because he spent 92 years setting an example for others to follow. My sincere condolences to all the family. Ronnie Canter, Kerrville, TX.

Roger & Verona Reese

July 25, 2014

We will always have memories of him in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to his family.

Chuck & Nelda Davis

July 25, 2014

Melvin was such a wonderful and caring man who I always enjoyed visiting with. He will really be missed. Our thoughts and prayer are with you. May God give you comfort and peace.