William Bill Kenneth Eichler

April 10, 1952October 24, 2018
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William “Bill” Kenneth Eichler, age 66 of Randolph passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

He was born April 10, 1952 to parents Gilbert and Dolores (Horning) Eichler. Bill was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish. He attended St. Joseph School through the 8th grade and graduated from Waterloo High School in 1970. Several years later, Bill graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He retired from Goodyear where he worked as a pipefitter and maintenance supervisor.

Bill was passionate about his family, the outdoors, and his community. He participated on various committees at St. Joseph Parish. Bill loved coaching track at St. Joseph School and helping with Waterloo Athletics. He recently was enshrined in the Waterloo Athletic Hall of Fame and received the St. Joseph Distinguished Alumni Award for his contributions. He was an avid hunter and loved collecting John Deere tractors.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife Patty (Horning) Eichler, who he married December 20, 1974. Also surviving are his children: Stephanie (John) Estephan, Andrea (Trent) Maxwell, Ben (Tricia), and Jane; grandchildren: Zachary, Aliya, Madison, Cole, Haley, Marshall, Alex, Wyatt, and Peyton; mother, Dolly; father and mother-in-law Jim and Marcy Horning; siblings: Jim (RoseMarie), Ed (Helen), Jerry (Debbie), Denny (Marilyn), Rosemarie (Steve) Czapski, and Ron (Cara); his wife’s siblings: Vicki (Bob) Newnham, Suzanne Livengood, Ken, David (Karen), James (Sherry), and Julie (Jim) Vogt, along with many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his father Gilbert, his sister-in-law Beverly Eichler, his nephew James V. Horning, and his niece Sarah Horning.

Friends will be received Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at St. Joseph Church, 2643 Waterloo Rd., Mogadore, OH 44260, and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Thomas S. Acker, S.J., on Monday at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

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The family wishes to thank all of the staff of Summa Health Urology, Oncology, Palliative Care, and Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Joseph School.


  • Visitation Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, October 29, 2018

William Bill Kenneth Eichler

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Tom Lindsay

November 4, 2018

Patty and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Anyone who knew Bill can’t help but feel a loss as well. Bill was a great guy.

Mark Twark

November 2, 2018

Bill was 2 years my senior when we ran the 2-mile race at Waterloo High School. I remember I could not keep up or catch up with him. Although that was many years ago, I remember vividly his willingness to offer me advice on how to be faster over that distance. He was an awesome competitor, mentor, and friend. I will always remember that. I was not surprised to read that his love for the sport never ended. Thank you, Bill.

Mark Twark
Chesapeake, Virginia

Bonnie Hutchison

November 1, 2018

Dear Dolly & Family,
When Gib and I worked at Waterloo, he loved bringing to work, a photo of his entire family to share. He also shared the pride he felt in each child. He was, indeed, an inspirational father and husband. Then I met Dolly, and it was apparent that this wonderful couple had invested their lives in raising very special children. When I hear the name Eichler in the vicinity of Randolph, I'm reminded of the loving Mother & Father I've long admired, and the Heavenly Father they served so well. My heartfelt sympathy at your loss. -Bonnie Hutchison, Randolph

Helen Houck

October 28, 2018

Patty and family,
Am so sorry that I did not make it to the service. Bill will be missed. He was a good provider. Sorry for your loss.

Dennis Klingensmith (St. Joseph Class of 1990)

October 27, 2018

Bill was a terrific track coach and was always doing something around the parish to be helpful. He was a thoughtful, considerate man who was generous with his time and had such a positive impact on so many students. I'm grateful for having known him, thankful that he invested so much in others (especially his family), and admire his intentional example of self-donation. My wife Liz and I offer our sincere condolences to Patty, Stephanie, Andrea, Ben, and Jane. The family is in our prayers.

Susan Tierney

October 27, 2018

Patty and family, We are sorry for your loss. Merv and Sue Tierney

The Aylward Family Aylward

October 26, 2018

We're all so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He was way to engaged to be gone at such a young age. We all reminisced about times spent at Gib and Dolly's farm with the Eichler crew. He was a good man! We share in your sorrow and offer our prayers and condolences.

Chris and Darlene Adelman

October 26, 2018

Please accept our most sincere thoughts and prayers! Bill was a very kind and gracious man and his loss will be deeply felt by all of those who were privileged enough to know him. May God bless and comfort his family and friends.

Most sincerely,
Chris and Darlene Adelman and family

Christina Engelhart Sayre

October 25, 2018

My sympathy to Patty, Stephanie, Andrea, Ben, Jane and all your family. Bill was my track coach at St Joe’s and he was an outstanding man. He was always supportive with a big smile! Prayers for strength during this difficult time.

Jackie Dorsett-Derbfuss

October 25, 2018

We are very sorry for your loss. George & Jackie Derbfuss & family



William Kenneth Eichler was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Bill was born on April 10, 1952 at Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio. His parents were Gilbert and Dolores Eichler. Bill was raised in Randolph, Ohio. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

       Bill was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared. Bill was raised with six siblings. He had two older brothers, Jim and Ed, as well as four younger siblings, three brothers, Jerry, Denny, and Ron and one sister, Rose Marie. Bill was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sister. Bill and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Bill was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Bill was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Bill developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Bill took part in football and track. In his spare time he liked to help his dad on the farm, ride his bike, play outside with his brothers, and collect rocks. However, what Bill enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his cousins and friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Bill as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Waterloo High School in 1970. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were math and science. Bill's memorable high school achievements included lettering in football and track, being a member of the Lettermen's Club and Federation of Christian Athletes, as well as being inducted into the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools for Waterloo High School in 1969. Bill was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Bill always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Bill handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Bill was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Bill well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Akron in 1984. Bill was a member of the Tau Beta Pi fraternity.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Bill was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Bill was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Bill to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Jerry May, Mike Brockett, Matt Jones, Larry Begue, John Herchek, Dave Neal, and Bob Cain. Later in life, he became close friends with Ed and Linda Morrison, Bill and Kathy Collard, Bob and Gale Schilling, and Brian and Susan Blosser.

      On December 20, 1974 Bill exchanged wedding vows with Patricia Anne Horning at St. Joseph Church in Randolph, Ohio, after a whirl-wind courtship of 8 months. He knew she was "the one" after the first date. Compassionate and devoted to Patty, Bill held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Patty and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Bill brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Bill was blessed with four children, three daughters, Stephanie, Andrea, and Jane and one son, Ben. Along with these children, he and Patty, fostered 18 children over a 7 year period of time. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Zach, Aliya, Madison, Cole, Haley, Marshall, Alex, Wyatt, and Peyton.

      Bill greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Bill enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Bill was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was a pipefitter and maintenance supervisor. He was employed for 32 years by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and 11 years at Viox. Bill worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Bill liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Bill always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting and John Deere tractors.

      Bill found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Bill played football and ran distance in track. Recreational sports included running. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were college football and basketball, as well as watching the Indians play baseball.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Bill as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Bill was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done In college, Bill joined the Tau Beta Pi fraternity. Throughout his later years, Bill was an active member on various committees at St. Joseph Church, loved coaching track at St. Joseph School and a strong supporter of the Waterloo High School Athletic Program.

      As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Bill was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Bill preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Bill was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Politically, Bill was a supporter of the Democratic Party.

      Bill was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church his entire life. During that time, he served on various church committees and was an usher for 10:30 mass. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Bill sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Bill many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included being inducted into the Waterloo Athletic Hall of Fame and receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Joseph School.

      Bill enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. He liked researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Bill always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. He loved the mountains and was able to visit the American and Canadian Rockies during the summer of 2017. Some of his favorite vacations included Alaska, Europe, and going out West.

      Bill was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Bill’s favorites was Andy, a St. Bernard he had for many years.

      When Bill’s retirement finally arrived in April 30, 2014, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in attending the various sporting events of his grandchildren. Even in retirement, Bill continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      William Kenneth Eichler passed away on October 24, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Bill fought a brave battle against cancer. Bill is survived by his wife Patty, his children: Stephanie (John) Estephan, Andrea (Trent) Maxwell, Ben (Tricia), and Jane; grandchildren: Zachary, Aliya, Madison, Cole, Haley, Marshall, Alex, Wyatt, and Peyton; mother, Dolly; father and mother-in-law Jim and Marcy Horning; siblings: Jim (RoseMarie), Ed (Helen), Jerry (Debbie), Denny (Marilyn), Rosemarie (Steve) Czapski, and Ron (Cara); his wife’s siblings: Vicki (Bob) Newnham, Suzanne Livengood, Ken, David (Karen), James (Sherry), and Julie (Jim) Vogt, along with many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Services were held at St. Joseph Church. Bill was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery in Randolph, Ohio.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of William Kenneth Eichler. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.