Gary Lynn Eilers
April 27, 1950 – March 7, 2019
Gary Eilers entered into eternal life on March 7, 2019. Born April 27, 1950 in Baytown, Texas and raised in Channelview, he was the youngest of five sons to Henry and Ola Eilers. He graduated as valedictorian from Channelview High School and completed his studies in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Houston in 1973. Gary worked as a pharmacist for 38 years at Houston Northwest Medical Center, a majority of the time serving as the Director of the Pharmacy, before retiring in the Fall of 2011.
It was in his early years at HNMC that he met a nurse, Elaine, who would be his wife of 43 years and who also devoted over 40 years of service to the same hospital. Together, they raised three children, creating a lifetime of memories among the exciting and the mundane. When he’d seen his children through to adulthood, Gary became the most beloved Pop-E to 16 grandchildren, aged 14 to 1. Each grandchild had a special bond with him, and we are grateful for all the memories they will keep. He grew to embrace his Catholic faith and sought to understand it more deeply as a longtime parishioner of St. James Catholic Church. Gary was able to enjoy retirement with Elaine at their lake house in Trinity, on trips to Alaska, the Caribbean, parts of Europe and frequently visiting their children and grandchildren in Spring and Fredericksburg, Texas and Lexington, Kentucky.
He took an interest in the Eilers family genealogy and after years of research, was recently accepted into The Sons of the Republic of Texas, whose members are direct lineal descendants of those that settled the Republic of Texas prior to February 19, 1846, when Texas merged with the United States as the 28th state. Gary was creative, unique, funny, dependable, unassuming. He was a brilliant man, who never tired of learning more. He enjoyed being outside, growing impatiens and caladiums, brewing turmeric and ginger tea, trivia, Jeopardy, Scrabble and the like, and especially “42”. He could make the simplest times the most fun and was loved as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.
Gary was preceded in rest by his parents Henry and Ola, and brothers Melvin and Jerry. He leaves behind his wife Elaine, their daughter Kristy (Brian), sons Scott (Tricia) and Steven (Julie) and grandchildren Benjamin, Elliott, Joshua, Addison, Brody, Claire, Oliver, Brayden, Emma, Rosalie, Brynlie, Bradley, Molly, Tobias, Brylynn, and Henry, and brothers Leslie and Tom, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Visitation and Service will be at Calvary Hill Funeral Home from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm on March 10, 2019 (21723 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, Texas), and a Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. James Catholic Church at 11:00 am on March 11, 2019 (22800 Aldine Westfield Rd, Spring, Texas) followed by burial and a reception at Calvary Hill.
- Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, March 11, 2019
- Committal Service Monday, March 11, 2019
- Reception Monday, March 11, 2019
Gary Lynn Eilers
March 11, 2019
I am really saddened to hear of his passing. It came as a shock to me. I have worked in Houston Northwest in the past and I am really thankful for the opportunity of meeting this wonderful Director. When I was interviewed for the first time, I knew HNW will be a place that I will call my second home. He is very kind and down to earth. When I learned that he was retiring, it was a shock again because I think it was only my second year of working in HNW.
I know he is in a much better place now. May the entire family be comforted during this period. Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Eilers family.
March 11, 2019
Gary hired me at Houston Northwest in 1992. I am celebrating 27 yrs with the company. Gary was always kind, professional, and patient. I will always remember his boyish smile . He was very supportive and sympathetic when my mom passed in 1996. When Gary retired in 2011 he left some big shoes to fill. His leadership is still evident today. Gary is like family to most of us here and we are sadden to hear of his passing. He will be missed very much. May Gary find peace and rest in God's arms. Sincere condolences to his wife and family.
Pharmacy Technician at HNWMC.
March 9, 2019
It was an honor to work on Gary's Sons of the Republic of Texas application.
Gary's patriot ancestor was Hinrich Eilers. "Hinrich Eilers and his wife Augusta Sopia Catherine Frels were natives of the grand duchy of Oldenburg in Germany. Hinrich Eilers came to Texas on the ship Franziska that departed Germany on November 8, 1845 and arrived in Galveston on February 2, 1846. Hinrich "married Miss Ausgusta Frels at La Grange and thereafter moved to Ross Praire where he was one of the best known leading settlers of that section. He was largely interested in drawing German and Bohemian immigrants to this fertile county. He brought the first Bohemian immigrants into this county and more immigrants into this county than any other two men. He died respected by his fellow citizens at a ripe old age in 1899. His wife had preceded him in death in 1895." (from Fayette County, Her History and Her People, by F. Lotto, 1902, pg 247)
Rest in Peace Texian
March 8, 2019
Elaine and family-
I am so very sorry for your loss. This was so unexpected and too soon! I know there are no words to take the pain away. However, I hope that you will find some comfort in knowing how very much Gary meant to so many people and how very much you all meant to him.
Gary was a wonderful boss, advisor and friend. I was so very lucky to have known and worked for him for many years. I always admired his leadership, intelligence, wisdom, patience, calm demeanor, empathy, sense of humor and his dedication to and love for his family. His door was always open and he always greeted everyone with a big, warm smile. There was something so calming about his presence. I’ll never forget when we all had to stay several nights at the hospital during Hurricane Ike. It was very stressful, but Gary was right there with us and was calm and supportive. On the lighter side…. I was continually amazed at the many and varied fun facts he had in his head and his many interests. I have to say I was a little surprised when he took up cooking and suddenly every recipe included ginger! I will miss you, Gary and I’ll never forget you!
March 8, 2019
Dear Elaine and Family,
Gary was such a fine man. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him, to know him as a friend. I never saw Gary without a smile. I never saw him be out of sorts or in a bad mood. He was generous and kind. He loved his family. Gary touched many lives and he surely will be missed. Sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Hugs to you all.