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Floyd Ray Eichorn

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Floyd Ray Eichorn
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Floyd Ray Eichorn

August 16, 2018

Service Details
 

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the Hohner Funeral Home.

 Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Edwards Corners Bible Church 51047 Chamberlain Rd., Marcellus, MI. with Pastor Joshua Wiggins officiating.

Interment will be held in Locust Grove Cemetery, Burr Oak, MI.

                              

Obituary Notice

 Mr. Floyd Ray Eichorn, age 87, of Three Rivers, formerly of Marcellus, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Three Rivers Health surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on June 7, 1931 in Clarence, New York the son of the late Lewis and Ida (Troyer) Eichorn.

Floyd has been a long-time resident of this area where he and his wife and family spent many days working the family farm.  Floyd and Marnetta were self-employed carpet layers and worked together for 18 years.  Floyd was a faithful and verdant member of Edwards Corners Bible Church. Floyd loved to work with his hands. He tinkered with woodworking and even built his own mini train set and landscapes. Floyd had a passion for visiting with friends and family and loved to tell stories.

Floyd was preceded in death his parents, one daughter, Judy Rochon, four sisters and three brothers.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, wife of 67 years Marnetta Mae (Hooley) Eichorn, of Three Rivers; two sons, Joseph (Pamela) Eichorn, of Three Rivers, and Jay (Evelyn) Eichorn, of The Plains, VA.; two daughters, June Evans, of Three Rivers and Jenny (William) Curtis, of Marcellus, brother Paul (Fran) Eichorn of Centerville; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

                                                                                                           

Additional Information
 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Edwards Corners Bible Church. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home and the church.                        
                                         


           


James “Jim” Lemuel Bippus of Three Rivers, 85, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Jim had recently been admitted to Borgess Hospital due to complications related to kidney dialysis. When treatments became unsuccessful he determined he would leave this world on his own terms and in his own way. He was an ordinary man that lived an extraordinary life.

Jim was born in Bucyrus, Ohio on September 14, 1932, the youngest child of the late James and Blanch Bippus. When he was seven, his father died and Jim and his five sisters were then raised alone by Blanch, a resilient and strong woman who devoted her life to serving in the Salvation Army.

Jim enlisted into the United States Army. During his service, he earned The National Service Defense Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in September of 1955.

Jim attended Ohio State University taking advantage of the G.I. Bill and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. During a six month internship at Essex Wire in Fort Wayne, Jim met and fell in love with Vera H. Mohre; they married in 1958. Jim became employed full time at Essex and took a transfer to Three Rivers, with Vera, and his now six children in tow.

The Essex position didn’t work out the way Jim had imagined, so he quit. After a few months of soul searching he saw the for rent sign in the closed Standard Service Station on Michigan Avenue. So Jim took the test to become a certified mechanic and passed it easily with no formal training. He and Vera opened the station and people started coming.

In 1987 he purchased what would become the Bippus Shell Station on the corner of 131 and Michigan Avenue. Many in the community came to know him for his trustworthy service in auto repair. But more than that, people admired the Bippus family: Vera at the cash register and their children pumping gas, helping to fix cars, or doing inventory on New Year’s Day. In 1997 the station was renovated and instead of offering car repair, now had a restaurant called Vera’s, another sign of Jim’s great love for his wife. Over the years Jim’s business became a cornerstone of the community: a place people met for coffee or lunch and were greeted with warmth and hospitality.

In 2012 Jim and Vera were voted Three River’s Citizens of the Year by the Lion’s Club for their many contributions to the town. Jim made doughnuts on Sunday mornings for the Immaculate Conception Church, read to children at Andrews School, mentored a young student, participated in the County Infrastructure Committee, collected turtles for the Lion’s Club Turtle Derby, and taught auto shop to adults. With his snow plow he kept the Immaculate Conception Church and the Lion’s Club parking lot plowed for free, and also routinely plowed out driveways for others.

Jim was a great lover of classical music. He enjoyed reading books by Thomas Clancy, John Grisham, and James Patterson. He also was a great fan of The Wall Street Journal. Jim loved to play cards and was part of a monthly poker group that met for over 30 years. He and Vera also played in a weekly bridge group for about the same number of years. Equally remarkable, Jim and Vera hosted weekly Sunday dinners for family members and anyone else that wanted to stop by. New people in town were warmly welcomed to the table.


Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Roberts, age 82, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Munger, MI. on July 6th, 1935 the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel (Orosz) Pless.

Betty has been a long time resident of Three Rivers. She enjoyed quilting and cross stitching and loved to read books and occasionally shop in Shipshewana. Betty’s true love and joy was taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren which she adored.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Roberts, and one grandson Nathanial Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Jon (Cherie) Roberts, Kippy (Timothy) Waltz, both of Three Rivers, and Kristine Roberts, of Odessa, FL.; one brother, John Pless, of Three Rivers; seven beloved grandchildren, Mitchell Roberts, Daniel Waltz, Jordan and Peyton Roberts, Dacoda Jacobs, Kelly Magee and Meagan Fisher.


He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents Jerry and Irene Neidlinger, and brother Jim Neidlinger

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The family welcomes all those who wish to celebrate Bob’s life to join them at Frankie’s by the Tracks on Friday, June 29th from 5-9pm.

Memorial donations made in Bob’s memory can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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8 comments on article "Floyd Ray Eichorn"

Ken Schwartz

My condolences to all you family members.... Sure have a lot of good memories of Floyd. Joe and I had such good times on the farm as young boys!!


Janet mangum

A great loss to family and friends I am sure. May God soothe the aching souls as you celebrate his life.


LaDonna Graber

A very talented - gifted man ... he was very interesting and enjoyed him sharing his wealth of knowledge and story’s ... He was an inspiration and joy to talk to - may Gods Peace Rest on your family as he will be greatly missed. He certainly lived a full productive life!


Kay Rogers

My condolences, prayers, and love are with each of Floyd's family members, especially Joe, Pam, and their family. May God comfort all who grieve because of Floyd's passing.


Diane Fink

Praying God’s comfort for each family member in this time of sorrow. Condolences and love to you.


Megan Fletcher

My sympathy to the entire Eichorn family. I have many great memories playing in the pastures at the farm. Floyd and Marnetta have shown many couples how to "make it work." Floyd was a great story teller. I will miss the laughter and jokes.


Clint Zehr

Grace and peace to you all. I have many good memories of Floyd as I was growing up at Moorepark Church. Great memories of the youth group and coming to your home, and even the pet squirrel when you lived on Michigan Avenue. Rejoicing that he is with Jesus.


Paul E. Barton

Sorry about Dad, June & Joe, Got to know him in the 80's when he worked for Sands Industries. He taught me a thing or 2 over the years that helped me along my way. He was a good person. Sorry I didn't make in to see you on Sunday.

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