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William S. Eichler
Feb 20, 2012 - Staff
William S. Eichler died at his home in Riverton on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, with his family by his side. He was 84
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the United Methodist Church of Riverton. The Rev. Mark Thurman officiates. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
William Sherwood Eichler was born Jan. 13, 1928 in Flint, Mich., to William Jacob Eichler and Nellie Elizabeth (Crumback) Eichler.
His early education was in Michigan. He then earned his bachelor's and one of his master's degrees at the University of Michigan and his second master's at Central Michigan University.
Mr. Eichler served aboard the submarine USS Ronquil (SS-396) as an electrian's mate 3rd class during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1952.
He was mamrried Marillyn Jean Cleary on Sept. 17, 1949, in Rose City, Mich. Together they raised two sons, William E. "Duffy" Eichler and Richard A. Eichler.
While in Rose City, they had a business, Northern Business Service, which specialized in accounting and tax services. In 1977, they moved to Riverton, where Mr. Eichler became the business manger at Central Wyoming College and later at Wyoming Indian Schools.
In 1988, Mr. Eichler was to the Riverton City Council in 1988, serving until 1995, when he was elected mayor of Riverton.
Mr. Eichler was involved in the VFW, American Legion, Lions, Chamber of Commerce, Masonic Lodge, and Shrine. He held the positions of VFW Commander in Michigan, treasurer of the Lions Club in Riverton, and was a past director and treasurer of the Lion's Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. He was elected to serve on the first board to establish and construct a new community college, Kirtland Community College, in Roscommon, Mich.
His family said he loved music, theater, being a sports spectator, traveling all over the world, especially the western United States.
Mr. Eichler survived by his wife of 62 years, Marillyn Jean Eichler of Riverton; his son, Richard A. Eichler of Lebanon, Tenn.; his sister, Marlene N. LaBeau of Saginaw, Mich.; two grandchildren, Jacque-line and Chritina Eichler of Leba-non, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, William E. "Duffy" Eichler.
The family requests memorials be sent to the United Methodist Church or an organization of the donor's choice.