June 3, 2019


Phillip Eichhorn, 75, of Lake City, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Per his wishes his body was donated to the University of Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Lake City Union Church in Lake City with Pastor Randy Russom officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time at the church, and burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be left for Stewart Memorial Community Hospital or Opportunity Living.

Phillip John Eichhorn, son of John Henry and Margaret Olive (Deischer) Eichhorn, was born on Nov. 26, 1943, at Monticello, Iowa. Phil graduated from Midland High School in Wyoming, Iowa, in 1961 and from Iowa State University in 1965.  After graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He separated from the Air Force as a captain in 1971.

Phil married Carol Ann Hobart on Oct. 8, 1966. To this union were born three sons, Christopher Sloan, Jeffrey Hobart and Jonathan Edwin. He joined Hobart Brothers Seed Company and eventually assumed ownership. His second son, Jeffrey, passed away at 22 months after a long illness. His first wife, Carol, passed away on March 4, 1987. He later married Carol J. Hucka on Aug. 19, 1989. Phil served as a 4-H leader, Opportunity Living Board member, school board member, and Stewart Memorial Community Hospital Board member for eight years, four years as chairman.

In 2012 he and his sons sold the acreage, and he and Carol purchased a townhouse and moved to town. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011. The main joy in his life were his grandchildren.

Phil is survived by his wife, Carol Jean; sons Christopher (Erin) of Williamsburg, Iowa, and Jonathan (Detra) of Madisonville, Kentucky; granddaughters Katie, Grace, Kendra and Abby; grandsons John Thomas and Jacob; stepsons Rick (Denise) and Scott (Joanie); five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sisters Lois (Tim) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Patricia of Colorado; brothers Jim and Doug (Valerie) of Coralville, Iowa; sister-in-law Jade of Wyoming, Iowa; and many nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Jeffrey; first wife, Carol Ann; stepson Steve; and brother Pete.