James Roy Eich, 82, of St. Elmo, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011) at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 p.m. Saturday until the 3 p.m. celebration of the funeral Mass at the Kull Funeral Home in St. Elmo. The Rev. John Louis OMI of the Belleville Catholic diocese will officiate.
A funeral Mass will also be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Campus. Burial, with military rites, will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Campus. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Eich had been employed by the Natural Gas Pipeline in Herscher. He was then transferred, and he and his family moved to St. Elmo in 1975, where he served as a foreman for the company until his retirement. He was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Livingston County near Campus, one of eight siblings to Roy and Viola Zeller-Eich. He graduated from Campus Grade School and from Reddick High School with the Class of 1947. After meeting the love of his life, he married the former Delores Prouty on Feb. 4, 1956, in Rockdale. Jim served his country well as being a member of the U.S. Regular Air Force reaching the rank of staff sergeant. He received an honorable discharge Jan. 8, 1955, for four years of service both in the United States and Germany. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in St. Elmo, the St. Elmo Golf Club and the Altamont VFW Post 7676. He enjoyed his home, family, yard work and golf.
In his passing, he leaves behind his wife, Delores Prouty-Eich, of St. Elmo; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Maureen Eich, of Clearwater, Fla., Robert and Rena Eich, of Herscher, LeRoy and Linda Eich, of Kankakee, Charles and Betty Eich, of Romeoville, Gary and Sue Eich, of Reddick, and David and Kathy Eich, of Plainfield; one sister, Evelyn Hanlin, of Campus; one brother-in-law, Tony Foth, of Elwood; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; and beloved daughter, Nancy Jo Eich, taken by an accident in 1984.
Condolences may be left to the family atwww.kullfuneralhome.com. (Pd.)
Source: The Daily Journal - November 25, 2011