Richard C. Eifler

November 11, 1926January 28, 2013

Richard “Dick” Eifler, 87, of Newburgh, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013, at his home. He was born January 11, 1926, in Evansville, IN.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran – signalman, serving on patrol and air/sea rescue units. He took part in the capture of a 2-man Japanese submarine. Dick was a survivor of two major typhoons to hit Okinawa late in 1945 when most of the patrol craft were lost. He would never touch Spam, Vienna sausage, or fruit cake again after his time in the service. He was an “early” 1943 graduate of Bosse High School, and graduated from Purdue University in 1950. Dick was Venerable Dean of Acacia Fraternity and a member of the Inter-Fraternity Presidents’ Council. He was a past member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Southwestern Chapter of Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, Central Turners, Eagles, a Kentucky Colonel, the Lafayette Post of the American Legion, and a charter member of the Coterie Club. He was a registered land surveyor and civil engineer in Indiana and Kentucky. Dick was a recipient of the 1956 National Homes Merit Award for Subdivision Design. He was a Vanderburgh County Highway Engineer from 1970 to 1972 and City Civil Engineer from 1972 to 1986. He was an Eagle Scout with bronze and silver palms at old Troop 17 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church under the late William E. (Bill) Hamsley, Scoutmaster.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his wife , Jody, and son John “Jack” Eifler.

He is survived by his children, Diana Wessel of Newburgh, Dirk Eifler of Evansville, and Candi Burress (Micheal) of Newburgh; grandchildren, Mark Wessel of Evansville, Carl Wessel of Newburgh, Jacob Burress of Silverdale, WA, and Dain and Molly Burress of Newburgh.

A Celebration of Dick’s Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Warrick Humane Society, 5722 Vann Road, Newburgh, IN 47630 or American Legion Kapperman Post #44 Baseball, P.O. Box 1093, Newburgh, IN 47629.


  • A Celebration of Dick's life will be held at a later date.

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Lisa Deutsch

February 7, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers for Candi, Mike, Jake, Dain and Molly. It was an honor to have known your Dad and spend summers with him at the baseball field.

Love, Scott and Lisa Deutsch and Boys

Tom Bernardin

February 1, 2013

So sorry to to hear about Dick's passing. He was a kind and gracious man. He helped me early in my engineering career. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

February 1, 2013

Dick was a very good boss and friend. He was instrumental in convincing me to get my land surveyors licensce and worked with me to fit my school schedule to work for him at the city engineering office. I always will consider him as my friend and mentor. He bowled with my mom and dad back in the 60's at Willow lanes and was always a nice guy. He will be missed.
Jeff Stahl

February 1, 2013

Dear Eifler Family,

So Sorry to hear about your Dad's death. I sure enjoyed the many years of knowing this gentle and kind man. I will always remember the times he and your mom spent out at our house after bowling and my mom would make her shrimp and cheese dip! Then we would go to your house and have so many laughs and I loved your dogs. Both of your parents had such a special gift for their talent with crafts and woodworking. I will be praying for all of you during this difficult time. If you ever travel to Wisconsin, please look up the Born family we would love to entertain you.


Erin and Rick Born and Family