Stephen Noel Eichner passed away on June 3, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family and a few close friends.
He was born in Shreveport, LA on January 31, 1963. His family moved to the Northwest in 1971. Steve attended Middle School and High School in Finley, WA. He graduated from Cottage Grove High School, Cottage Grove, OR class of 1981. He played several sports growing up with a focus on football during his high school years.
Following graduation, he joined the US Army where he served from 1981 to 1985. After completing Basic Training in 1982, he was stationed in Bad Kissengen Germany with the 212th MP Company. He did a tour of duty in Honduras and completed his service at Fort Lee, Virginia with the 555th MP Company, achieving the rank of Specialist 4. Steve received an overseas Service Ribbon and a Good Conduct Medal.
Steve moved to Fort Worth Texas in 1988 where he met and married his wife Louise Michel in 1989. Their son Andrew was born in July 1994.
Steve began a career in the transportation industry in Texas working for Conway Southern Express in Texas, Tennessee and Alabama and FedEx Freight in Colorado.
Steve was a devoted Christian and loving Husband and Father. He loved helping people, conversation, and laughter. He enjoyed volunteering at his church, Flatirons Community Church, serving on the guest services team and small group ministry with a heart for missions. He held fond memories of a mission trip to Guatemala in 2000 with First Bible Church in Decatur, Alabama.
He enjoyed college football and great adventures; hiking, camping, off-roading, motorcycle rides, and snow skiing with family and friends by his side; anything that required a challenge and experiencing God’s beautiful creation. He summitted several fourteeners along the Colorado Front Range with his son Andrew and close friend Frank.
Life took a turn in July 2019 after a motorcycle accident. With his family and friends by his side he rehabbed from the accident, far exceeding what outcome the medical professionals had ever expected. In December of 2020 he was diagnosed with an aggressive blood disorder that quickly moved into Acute Myeloid Leukemia resulting in his death.
The family would like to thank the MANY family members, friends, church family, co-workers, employers, and some people they have never met that came alongside them throughout the difficult journey of rehabilitation from July 2019 to December 2020. They continued their support through the diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February 2021.
A special thanks goes out to the exceptional team of caregivers and therapists at Craig Hospital and UC Health’s Surgical Trauma ICU and Blood Infusion Center.
Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents Margaret (Stone) Holliday and Rev. Vernon Holliday, His parents: Robin Noel Eichner and Carolyn (Holliday) Eichner, brother-in-law Bill Wright and sister-in-law Anna Michel.
He is survived by his wife: Louise (Michel) Eichner and son: Stephen Andrew Eichner, Sisters: Nancy Smith and brother-in-law Dale, Becky Wright, Christel Brown and brother-in-law Matthew, brother-in-law James Michel and his wife Sandi, and brother-in-law Dwayne Michel along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held on Thursday, June 10th, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette. A reception will follow the funeral service and military honors as rendered by the US Army. Steve will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery in a private ceremony.
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