John L. Eich, 89 Melrose Feb. 12, 1928 - Apr. 12, 2017 A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose for John Eich who died Wednesday at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose. Inurnment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Melrose with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be held from 10 to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. John Lincoln Eich was born February 12, 1928 in Avon, Minnesota to Joseph and Susan (Rolfes) Eich. John served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1955. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Scholl (Newman) on June 25, 1976 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. John farmed east of Melrose until his retirement in 2011. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose and the American Legion Post 101. John enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing, and taking trips to the casino. Survivors include his children, Bonnie (Jeff) Koopmeiners of Albany, Lily (Scot) Servatius of Melrose, Joe (Missy) Eich of Melrose, and Rod (Aimee) Eich of Albany; twelve grandchildren, Justin and Matthew Koopmeiners, Nathan and Emily Servatius, Colton, Megan, Nick, Emma, and Autumn Eich, Ava and Aiden Eich, and KayLee Peternell; great-granddaughter, Margaret Koopmeiners; brother, Adolph Eich; and sisters, Carol (Robert) Becker, Joanne (William) Meyer, and Anita Hastings. John was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Eich on May 13, 2004; parents; and brothers, Gerhard, Alfred, Richard, George, and Raymond Eich. A special thank you to Dr. Kurt Schwieters and staff at CentraCare Health in Melrose.
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