OBITUARY

Howard Louis Eifler

September 7, 1922November 27, 2018

Howard Louis Eifler was born on September 7, 1922, in Booneville, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Louis Eifler and Magdalena Elizabeth (Geyer) Eifler, and his beloved wife, Cora Pauline (Webb) Eifler. He will be missed by his daughter, Tamara Pauline (Eifler) Boyer, and son-in-law Maurice Layfette Boyer of Knoxville, Tennessee, his son, John Michael Eifler, and daughter-in-law, Kimberly (Kimball) Eifler, of Belle Isle, Florida, and two precious grandchildren of whom he was immensely proud, Taylor Alexandra Boyer of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jacob Michael Eifler of Belle Isle, Florida.

Howard served in the United States Army during World War II. As the only son of a widowed mother, Howard served from 1942 to 1946 at Camp Atterbury Indiana at Wakeman Hospital as a Tech Sergeant in the Army Medical Corp. Howard began his business career in the insurance industry, rising to President of the company. He later retired to Florida with his wife and two children, deciding to reside on Siesta Key in Sarasota. Howard formed and eventually sold a bank holding company and started his own commercial real estate development firm. Howard had a heart for education and helped to structure the purchase of his children’s local private school by the parents of students when the owner/headmaster passed away. Today, the Out of Door Academy, is still operating in Sarasota, both on Siesta Key and in the Palmer Ranch areas.

At the age of 73, Howard and his wife moved to Knoxville. Not wanting to “sit at home and rot,” Howard began working at Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance in Alcoa and then in Maryville with the move of the corporate headquarters. Howard retired (again) from Vanderbilt after 20 years of service at the age of 93.

Our Dad was grateful for the love shown to him by family, neighbors and friends over the years, especially after our mom passed, and recently in the hospital. He was known to have a listening ear and always made time for others who he continuously kept in his prayers. Over the last few weeks as many came to visit him with support and encouragement, it was Dad offering comfort and asking to pray for them. Our Dad’s dedication to God, family, friends, country and the United States flag he always wore on his lapel, will be his legacy in the hearts of all who knew him.

Our Dad asked that no flowers be sent, but instead, wanted you to know that he had already received his flowers because each of you were a precious rose in his life. If you would like to make a donation as a memorial, please consider the East Tennessee Foundation Operating Fund online at etf.org or the Veterans Resource Center at The University of Tennessee at veterans.utk.edu.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Berry Highland Memorial on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm, with Rev. Robert Bowman officiating. Following the service, there will be a gathering of family and friends from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37919. Friends may leave their condolences and memories at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Gathering of Friends Saturday, December 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Howard Louis Eifler

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Larry McPheron

December 8, 2018

What else can be said about Howard? Every morning, I would bring the coffee and would come down to his desk and we talked from 5a.m until 5:30. We would talk about everything and anything. We would then pray and start work. Then our little group, Howard, Leigh Anne , Michael, Sam, Tony and myself would meet in the Greenway at 7:30 for breakfast together. We always had a great time together. We did this for many years. After Howard and I retired, I would go over to Howard's house and pick him up once a week and we would go on "our road trip". We would start with breakfast and then start our trip. It didn't matter where because I had him to myself. We visited Cumberland Falls, Cumberland Gap, coal mining area of Middlesboro, KY, and NC, and many other places in TN. We talked about family, talked about our Church 's mission trips. He would ask where our mission trips were. I will miss Howard and our time together. He is now in heaven with all of his love ones. Dad, Mom, Pauline, Grandparents and more importantly his Lord and Saviour. Howard keep a chair open for me at the table and I will see you again. I love you.

LYNDON JACKSON

December 7, 2018

On the 27th of November 2018, Howard Louis Eifler, a prayer warrior of faith and one of the greatest generation was called home. I worked with Howard for many years. We always had our morning briefings where we would talked about the events that had occurred overnight or anything that was important to us at the time. I admired Howard for his strength of character, his work ethic, and also for the respect and decency he showed others that he come in contact with daily. He always had a positive attitude and you would always leave feeling better for just talking to Howard.
I have many fond memories of Howard talking about his family. He was very proud of his daughter Tamera, and his son John Michael. Also, his eyes would light up when he would start telling me about something that his granddaughter , Taylor or his grandson, Jacob had accomplished. I would tell him it was the result of good role models they had in their lives. Well, being Howard he gave all the credit for all that his children and grandchildren had accomplished to his beloved wife Pauline to whom he adored and never taking any of the credit for himself.
Howard was a trusted advisor, counselor, and friend. He will be forever missed. I have no doubt that he is with his Dad and Mom and his beloved Pauline in heaven and hearing the words , Well done thou good and faithful servant. Howard Louis Eifler… A life well lived. May God bless Howard and his family and may he rest in peace.

Brenda Gilpatrick

December 7, 2018

The building has never quite been the same since Howard left. I miss his smiling face roaming up and down the halls, always on a mission. I got many stamps from Howard and always insisted on giving change. He never had a cross word to say about anyone. And now he leaves us to roam the halls of heaven with his smiling spirit. Thoughts and prayers be with his family during this time. Having lost my dad last year, I know how hard it is .. and how hard it will be in the coming months. We just have to remember they are still with us and looking down upon us from heaven keeping out of harms way. But rest assured, we will see our loved ones again.

Kim Russell

December 6, 2018

I worked with Howard for several years at Vanderbilt Mortgage and used to go to him to buy stamps on occasion when I needed one. I used to always remember that he never would take my money for the stamps and usually just gave me the one I needed. He was always positive and had a bright smile every time I went to see him. Heaven received a wonderful soul when Howard entered its gates. Rest in Peace Howard.

Kevin Banker

December 5, 2018

We have lost another of the "greatest generation". Howard was a gentleman and a gentle man, showing kindest and courtesy to all. He kept a prayer list of folks that needed intercessory prayer and was dedicated to the Lord. Search with all your might, but it is not possible to find a better person and believer than Howard Eifler! He will receive his escrow blessings from the Lord and will be ruling a country in the Millennium. "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:23

Paula Rutherford

December 5, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Howard was a wonderful man who took time to listen to others, and pray for them. I had several conversations with him as I used to buy stamps from him. His work ethic was unlike any other. He reminded me very much of my grandfather. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philemon 4:7

Roy Prater

December 4, 2018

Howard was on my mind last week and I told myself I needed to call him....last spoke to him a few months ago for 2 hours and we really enjoyed our conversation. Had not heard from him since end of 2013 because his email at Vanderbilt was shut down when he retired...I went back several years since I retired in 2007 and retrieved all of our exchanges with emails .....laughs, jokes, news of work, who was doing what, changes at work, who had left, etc......I met Howard about 1997 when I took over Acquisitions, which included the bankruptcy and legal dept. of which he was a member....for the next 10 years, Howard was a member of that group and his duties far encompassed what was on his job description...Howard went out of his way to counsel others who came to him with problems, business and personal, and helped them in many ways with his positive attitude and making their day bright....He volunteerd for anything that needed to be done and was such an inspiration and mentor in our group....we laughed at his corny jokes and always kept laughter and joy among the hard work and stress which was prevalent in the collection business...He was our post office for stamps, our candy distributor and always kept his desk fully stocked for our group and other groups....Howard Eifler had a long and successful career before he even came to VMF and I loved to listen to his stories of his yyounger days..We learned a lot from Howard, but mostly his kindness, dedication, and mostly inspiration to others is what I remember most....so glad we had that conversation a few months ago with not hearing from him sice he retired in 2013....RIP Howard Eifler......

Kimberly Mynatt

December 3, 2018

Tamara & family: What a remarkable man your father was. I have so many funny memories of our talks. Howard was everyone's go-to-guy for a sounding board and to provide wise words of advice. Howard always had a smile and just by showing up everyday, opening the "post office" and being a faithful team member, he inspired all of us at Clayton Homes. One of my first memories of Howard when I started at Clayton was him walking around with Hershey's chocolate kisses, putting a few on my desk and saying here is a "kiss" from an old man. That made him laugh more than me I think. I know he is reunited with his dear wife, Pauline, and they are celebrating together. I am certain when he met the Lord face-to-face he heard the words, "Well done my good and faithful servant". My prayers are with all of you as you navigate through the first holiday season without him. May the many memories of him keep you smiling.

Freddie Cogburn

December 3, 2018

Thought this picture says it all for this dear man. The occasion was after his arrival home on the Honor Air trip. I can imagine that same sign with friends laughing and smiling awaited him upon his arrival to his heavenly home. Howard truly made a difference to so many people. He will be truly missed and is truly loved.

Welcome Home Howard! Thank you for your service to your fellow man, your country and to the Kingdom!

John Knight

December 3, 2018

Howard Eifler will always be the standard that I strive for when it comes to how to treat people. Howard always knew how to make each of his friends feel like they were the most important person in his life. I know Jesus said "there is none good but one, this is God" but Howard Eifler was as close as I have ever met. I love him.