Jerry Eitel

Jerald Arthur “Jerry” Eitel, 64, of Hawkeye, died Thursday, February 4, 2016, at his home in rural Hawkeye.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye with Rev. David R. Nelson officiating. Interment will be at the Hawkeye Cemetery with military rites by Arnold-Rogers Post #312, American Legion of Hawkeye.  Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 7, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday.

Jerry, son of Robert and Dorris (Skadeland) Eitel was born April 16, 1951 at Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Randalia. He received his education in the rural Randalia Schools and graduated from West Central High School in 1969. He entered in to the United States Army in 1970 and was stationed in Germany where he worked as a gunsmith. He was honorably discharged in 1974. On November 29, 1975, he was united in marriage with Mary O’Day. The couple remained married for twenty years.. He farmed for many years on the family farm and retired in the mid 1990’s. He was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawkeye and Arnold-Rogers Post #312, American Legion of Hawkeye. Jerry was an avid hunter, fisherman, anything that involved the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends on the river at their place in Harpers Ferry. He enjoyed reading, and was very proud of his grandchildren. Jerry was able to find friends anywhere he went and lived life to the fullest.

Jerry is survived by his two children, Jacob (Heidi) Eitel of Hawkeye and Amy (Matt) Boehm of Elgin; five grandchildren, Isabell, Lilli, and Blake Eitel, Abby and Logan Boehm; two sisters, Carolee (Joe) Risse of Dunkerton, and Mary (Tom) Loyd of Hawkeye; aunt, Lois Miller of California; cousin, Steven (Pat) Barker of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; several cousins from California and Colorado; several nieces and nephews; and numerous neighbors and friends who were like family.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and a great-niece, Hilary Streif.


Beth O'Donald on February 21, 2016 at 6:15 AM said:

I'm so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your families Amy & Jacob. Your dad had an infectious smile and laugh. Mary & Tom....thinking of you as well.
Ava Bruner Stamp on February 10, 2016 at 6:10 AM said:

Can't help but smile as I recall all the joy and laughter that Jerry brought to our lives.

An old classmate,
Judy (Eick) Liddle on February 9, 2016 at 5:07 AM said:

So very sorry for your loss. Jerry certainly was an unforgettable character with a huge heart. He always brings a smile to me when I think of him. He will no doubt be missed by all who knew him.
Karen Bement on February 8, 2016 at 4:40 PM said:

So sorry for your loss Tom and Mary. Please extend my condolences to the rest of the family.
Jim and Alice Stanek on February 7, 2016 at 1:51 PM said:

Mary, sorry for the loss of your brother. It is so hard to lose a sibling.
kathy stahl Morrison on February 6, 2016 at 1:53 PM said:

Carollee and mary
I am sosorry for the loss of your brother but i know he is in a good place now and god will take care of him
god bless you all
kathy Stahl Morrison
Gary Carlo on February 6, 2016 at 11:22 AM said:

PS Say hey to Doug.
Gary Carlo on February 6, 2016 at 10:03 AM said:

Amy and Jacob my condolences. I am grateful for having your father as a friend. Being from the city the experience of the black rich soil with its bounty of plants and animals gave another perspective to God. Walking through the corn behind the house and across the road my heels sinking into the rich soil. Shooting at them pheasants, mostly missing, but not Jerry, that farm boy could shoot. He was always generous to me. We had big laughs and indulged much. His rough words gave way to a big heart that didn't take to being tamed. My tears join with yours. I will begin 40 days of rememberence in prayer.
martin Steinbronn on February 5, 2016 at 10:57 PM said:

No words can express my sincere sorrow after hearing of his passing. I have many fond childhood memories of his infectious smile and humor. May he rest in peace I'm grateful to have known him.
Jane Beckner Andresano on February 5, 2016 at 11:48 AM said:

I am so sorry to learn that Jerry passed. I have many good memories in my younger years with your whole family. Blessings and peace to all.
Sue Ungerer on February 5, 2016 at 6:36 AM said:

So sorry for your loss Jake and Amy. The neighborhood will not be the same without Jerry.
Jerry Cumberland on February 4, 2016 at 10:57 PM said:

Will miss you old friend. We had many good times growing up together, I'm so glad I had a chance to see you when we were back in Iowa. God Bless you and your beautiful family. you knew we are all terminal and you lived your life to the fullest!!! Rest In Peace!
Bill Meighan on February 4, 2016 at 9:51 PM said:

I am sad to hear about Jerry's passing. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
DL Erhardt on February 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM said:

Go in peace Jerry.
Gary & Dixie Seegers on February 4, 2016 at 6:32 PM said:

Our sympathy to his family. He will be missed at Jimmy D's. We always like our talks with Jerry.
Jim Sabin on February 4, 2016 at 6:04 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers to Jerry's family
Judy and Bob Williams on February 4, 2016 at 4:52 PM said:

So sorry for the loss of your father, Jake. Pease to all the family.
Brenda Brockman on February 4, 2016 at 4:34 PM said:

Jerry was such a great person he sure knew how to make you part of the conversation
Shana Wickham on February 4, 2016 at 3:45 PM said:

Words cannot express how much this man will be missed. Always full of tales, jokes, wisdom, and advise. One of the best men I ever met.
Dave and Sheila Simon on February 4, 2016 at 2:25 PM said:

Our thought and prayers go out to Jerry's family. RIP our friend.

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