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.