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Nov. 18, 1923-Oct. 12, 2006

Harry William Eikenberry, 82, of 627 Lake Shore Drive died Thursday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Eikenberry was born in Indianapolis, Ind., to the late William Eikenberry and Frieda Ernsting Eikenberry. He was a chemical engineering graduate of Purdue University. Mr. Eikenberry also attended Notre Dame University and Harvard A.M.P. Business School. He served as a combat engineer officer during World War II. Mr. Eikenberry retired as President of Hevi-Duty Electric after twenty four years of service. He was an accomplished private airplane pilot with over five thousand flying hours as pilot-in-command.

Graveside services will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m., at Wayne Memorial Park with the Rev. Tom Norris, O.S.F.S. officiating.

Mr. Eikenberry is survived by his wife, Anna Dughi Eikenberry; his son, Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, U. S. Commander in Afganistan, and wife, Ching, of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; his daughter, Karen Eikenberry Glaubiger, and husband, Dr. George A. Gaulbiger, of Raleigh; his stepsons, John David Shannon, and wife, Carol, of Raleigh; John B. Shannon and wife Shannon, of Dallas, Texas; his stepdaughter, Elizabeth S. Mitchell and husband Fred, of Goldsboro; and six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends following the graveside service.

Arrangements are with Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service.


Published in Obituaries on October 15, 2006 08:45 AM




He descends from Gertie Besecker and Gertie grandparents, Gertude Kreider (1815-1887)(sister to Rev.  Tobias Kreider) and John Miller.  This appeared in the Ludington Daily News, in Michigan:
EIKENBERRY - Mr. Carl D. Eikenberry, born August 20, 1916 in Darke Co. 
Ohio to Samuel and Della (Besecker) Eikenberry, died Wednesday, June 21,
2006 in Ludington, Michigan. He married Gladys M. Bagwell (Gladys graduated from North Manchester College in 1958) May 11, 1941 In Union City.

He farmed all of his life, quietly showing compassion
and caring to his family, friends and neighbors wherever he lived. He
moved his family to Mason County in 1957 where he continued as a dairy
farmer and where he was an active member of the Sugar Ridge Church of
the Brethren of Custer.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers and a
sister and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sons, Phil
Eikenberry of Scottville, Galen (Judy) Eikenberry of Monroe, his
daughters Jean (Jeffrey) Trachsel of North Manchester IN, Neva (Ronald)
Wood of Scottville, Arlene (Cliff) Kindy of North Manchester, IN and one
sister. Also surviving are twenty-one grandchildren and numerous great

A memorial service will be held in celebration of Carl’s life at 11 AM
on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at Sugar Ridge Church of the Brethren, 1/2
mile west of Custer Road on Wilson Road. Memorials may be given to
Heifer International, c/o Sugar Ridge Church of the Brethren, 2012
Wilson Road, Custer, MI 49405. Stephens Life Story Funeral Home in
Scottville is assisting the family.

I cannot access the obit.  He was nephew of Lawrence and Deo Besecker

Mr. Carl D. Eikenberry, born Aug. 20, 1916 in Darke County, Ohio to Samuel and Della (Besecker) Eikenberry, died Wednesday, June 21 in Ludington.

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Sue Smith

A woman of deep and abiding faith, Mary Sue Bowman Smith, 72, joined her Savior June 21, 2006. Sue was born in Roanoke, Virginia on January 26, 1934, a daughter of Stover and Fannie Bowman. She attended Bridgewater College and Roanoke Business College and on April 20, 1957 married Gene A. Smith of Richmond, VA. When not raising and nurturing her children, she worked for Raytheon and for Alexandria City School Board for a number of years. Upon moving to Virginia Beach, Sue devoted time to community and indulged her love of early American and local history by volunteering as a docent at Lynnhaven House, and Francis Land House. She also enjoyed time spent with members of the Kempsville Women’s Club and the Gardeners Guild of Salem Woods. Sue’s church home at Community United Methodist Church, her participation in the Friendship Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women were firm and spiritually fulfilling commitments. She was also one of the founding members of Kempsville Discovery, a community based program that was offered to members of the community. Sue took great joy in family! She was a fabulous bedtime story teller, a willing and supportive audience for piano practice, a gracious hostess for family events (fabulous roast beef), never missed a Schola Cantorum performance, and enthusiastically kept up with her out of town family. 

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Gene, her daughter Sara Smith Garner and husband Ralph and their children Ian Daniel and Grace Elizabeth of Norfolk, her son Mark of Cleveland, Ohio, her sisters Norma Bixler of Harrison City, PA, Janet Canady and husband Ray of Springfield MO, a brother Charles Bowman and wife Nona of Los Alamos, NM. 

Sue’s life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service on Saturday, July 8th , 11:00 am at Community United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kempsville Rescue Squad, PO BOX 62345, Virginia Beach Va. 23466 Community UMC, 1021 Old Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, or ALSA, DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855

Alternate final paragraph for The Roanoke Times

Sue’s life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 5th, 11:00am at Bethlehem Church of the Brethren 4250 Bethlehem Road, Boones Mill VA. 24065.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethlehem Church of the Brethren, or ALSA, DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855.




We were so saddened to learn that William Spinks, Shannon's father, lost his life to liver disease on March 28, 2006 in Pinellas Park, Florida. His wife, Tina Berry Spinks, was the daughter of Margaret (Peters) and H.C. Berry. Margaret was the youngest child of Lizzie (Ikenberry) and John Bunyan Peters.

Unfortunately, there have been several other deaths of reunion participants in 2006. Tommy Watt, of Gore Virginia, lost his battle with cancer on January 26. He was the husband of Natasha and the son of Christine (Bowman) and John Watt. Christine was the daughter of Lydia (Ikenberry) and Josephus Bowman.
Justus Ikenberry, of Daleville, Virginia, whose birthday we celebrated, died on March 7, and his wife Hazel died on March 31, both from heart disease (my parents). Justus was the youngest child of Benjamin Riley (B.R.) and Idonia Ikenberry.
Wilbur Dunbar died of cancer on April 15 near Wooster Ohio. He was the husband of the late Sue Neve and the son of Anna (Ikenberry) and Joseph Dunbar. Anna was the daughter of Elizabeth and Levi Daniel (L.D.) Ikenberry, Henry and Catherine's oldest child. Wilbur's daughter Jean and her husband Peter Sils assisted with the reunion.