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Martin Eischen 1921-2014

July 8, 2014
Emmetsburg News

Funeral Mass for Martin Eischen will be 10:30 a.m., today, Tuesday, July 8, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Martin "Nort" Eischen was born Oct. 22, 1921, to Nick and Elizabeth (Kayser) Eischen at Cylinder. He attended St. Cecelia School in Algona through the eleventh grade then stayed home to help on the family farm.

Martin loved to dance and attended one nearly every weekend with friends. In 1960, he met Dorothy Whorley while at a dance at the Plantation Ballroom in Whittemore. They began dating and were married on Jan. 14, 1961. Together they welcomed their son, Gary in 1971.

Martin had several different careers. He worked for Potter Distributing; owned a gas station in Sexton, IA; worked in the State Liquor Store; and worked for Carlstrom Oil Company which led to Martin owning and operating his own business, Eischen Standard, in 1967. Martin proudly delivered fuel oil and gas to homes and farms until he retired in 1984.

When he wasn't working Martin enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, polka band music (lovingly referred to by Martin as "Bohunk" music), traveling across the country on bus trips with Dorothy and friends, playing cards with the boys at the V.F.W, taking care of their lawn and yard work, telling stories of the good times he had growing up, and most of all enjoying time with son Gary.

Martin loved spending time with family and friends, especially with son Gary. In his later years, wanting to be closer to Gary and Karen, they moved from Emmetsburg to Pella in 2011. In true Martin style, he quickly met new friends and rarely missed his daily "coffee time" with them where he could catch up on the latest happenings.

Surrounded by family, Martin passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Comfort House in Pella, at the age of 92.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Edward, Irvin, Maurice, Cecelia Dahlhauser and Jean Gepken.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy and his son Gary (Karen) of Pella, IA; three sisters-in-law Ruth Nelson, Elsie Eischen and Ione Kenne; and many nieces and nephews.

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