George Eischen Jr. was a businessman, owning and operating Modern Metals in Fredonia, but running the family farm was his true passion.
“He was a great teacher, for farming, and taught the grand kids how to ride tractors and skid loaders,” said Darlene Eischen, his wife. “He leaves a great legacy with that.”
Mr. Eischen, age 70, died Tuesday, April 18 at his home in Dacada.
He was born March 20, 1947 in Sheboygan and was the son of the late George J. Eischen Sr. and Estelle M. (nee Bittner) Eischen.
Mr. Eischen was a 1965 graduate of Random Lake High School and on February 3, 1968, married Darlene Bruesewitz at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Dacada.
Mr. Eischen enjoyed spending his time outdoors working in the fields and milking the cows.
“He always said, ‘Be a farmer, grow your own food, live off the land, be your own boss,’” Mrs. Eischen said.
Mr. Eischen’s other passion was repairing the farm machinery.
For relaxation, he enjoyed Westerns on TV.
“He always wanted to live his life like John Wayne,” Mrs. Eischen said.
Mr. Eischen is survived by Darlene and their children, Chris (Steve) Jungers and Paul (Kristin) both of Random Lake, and their five grandchildren, Matthew (Amanda) Jungers, Adam Jungers, Brandon Jungers, Jared Jungers and Jacob Eischen.
He is further survived by three brothers, James (Mary) and William (Sharon) of Random Lake, Donald (Myra) of Cascade, his sister Rosemary (Douglas) Seyfert of Fredonia, sisters-in-law Audrey Bruesewitz and Marjorie Murphy, and brother-in-law Gerald (Linda) Bruesewitz.
Mr. Eischen was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law and two grandchildren, Alan and Emily.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 22 at noon at Our Lady of The Lakes, St. Nicholas Chapel in Dacada, with Father Richard Cerpich presiding.
Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will take place at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.