Luke Joseph Eiche


Luke Joseph Eiche, 79, of Slinger, died Friday, April 24, 2009, surrounded by his wife and children.

Luke was born in Hartford on Aug. 3, 1929, to Joseph and Rose (nee Blank) Eiche. In 1962, he married his loving and devoted wife Mary (nee Hable).  As a young man, Luke built boats as a hobby and went on to construct his family’s home and an apartment building. He served in the U.S. Air Force, worked in manufacturing at American Motors for over 30 years and had a talent for maintaining machinery of all kinds.  Luke was an active man who played many different sports.  He took pleasure in snow skiing and bicycling in the Kettle Moraine hills until the end of his life. His family and friends have many fond memories of sharing these activities with him. Luke also possessed an active mind, with a strong interest in world and national affairs, especially economics.  After decades of work, Luke and Mary took time to travel in their retirement years. Luke savored the sites, activities and people of the places he visited.  He especially appreciated a cruise to the majestic glaciers of Alaska and a trip to exotic Aruba taken shortly before he died. Luke’s direct manner and simple eloquence demonstrated his devotion to the people in his life.

Luke is survived by his loving wife, Mary; children, David, Steven (Nicole) and Laura (Matthew) Eiche-Miller. He is further survived by his beloved granddaughter, Giselle; sister Marguerite Kohut; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Charlene Ziegelbauer.

Christian burial services will be on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Philip Funeral Home of Slinger with the Rev. Richard J. Stoffel officiating. Interment will take place at Union Cemetery of Slinger.  Visitation will be at the funeral home in Slinger on Thursday, April 30, from noon until time of service.

The Phillip Funeral Home of Slinger is assisting the family.