Lake City – Phillip Eichhorn, 75, died Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City. Per his wishes his body was donated to the University of Iowa. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Lake City Union Church in Lake City with Pastor Randy Russom officiating.
Phillip John Eichhorn, son of John Henry and Margaret Olive (Deischer) Eichhorn was born on November 26, 1943 at Monticello, Iowa. Phil graduated from Midland High School at Wyoming, Iowa in 1961 and from Iowa State University in 1965. After graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He separated from the Air Force as a Captain in 1971. Phil married Carol Ann Hobart on October 8, 1966. To this union were born three sons, Christopher Sloan, Jeffrey Hobart, and Jonathan Edwin. He joined Hobart Brothers Seed Company and eventually assumed ownership. His second son, Jeffrey passed away at 22 months after a long illness. His first wife, Carol passed away on March 4, 1987. He later married Carol J. Hucka on August 19, 1989. Phil served as a 4H leader, Opportunity Living Board member, School Board member, and SMCH Board member for 8 years, 4 years as Board chairman. In 2012 he and his sons sold the acreage and he and Carol purchased a Town House and moved to town. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011. The main joy in his life was his grandchildren.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, son Jeffrey, first wife Carol Ann, step-son Steve, and brother Pete. He is survived by his wife Carol Jean, sons Christopher (Erin) of Williamsburg, Iowa, and Jonathan (Detra) of Madisonville, Kentucky; granddaughters Katie, Grace, Kendra, and Abby and grandsons John Thomas, and Jacob. Step-sons Rick (Denise), and Scott (Joanie); 5 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; sisters Lois (Tim) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Patricia of Colorado; brothers Jim, and Doug (Valerie) of Coralville, Iowa; sister-in-law Jade of Wyoming, Iowa; and many nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers donations may be left for Stewart Memorial Community Hospital or Opportunity Living.