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Roger Eickmeier

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:52 a.m. CST

PRINCETON — Roger L. Eickmeier, 96, of Princeton died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

He was born Sept. 18, 1917, in Dover Township to Henry A. and Vernie B. (Shugart) Eickmeier. He married Carolyn M. Magnuson on Feb. 26, 1963. She died April 21, 1987. He later married Burdeen J. Sadler on Feb. 3, 1990. She died Jan. 21, 2012.

During World War II, he served in the 262nd Finance Disbursing Unit of the U.S. Army in Iceland, England, France and Germany, and was honorably discharged as a tech sergeant in September 1945 at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

He was a graduate of Princeton High School and the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He was employed for 43 years as a bank officer and a board member at the First State Bank of Princeton and the DePue State Bank, retiring in 1983.

He was an honorary member and past president of the Princeton Rotary Club, had received a Paul Harris Fellowship, was a Rotary benefactor, and received a Rotarian of the Year award. He continuously served as secretary of the club for 33 years. He was a past president of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce, past commander of Princeton Post 125, American Legion, and was a longtime finance officer of that organization. In June, 2011, the Post honored him by changing its name to the Roger L. Eickmeier American Legion Post 125. He and his first wife, Carolyn, spent many hours placing flags along Main Street during every patriotic holiday.

He was a past vice-chairman of the Bureau County Housing Authority, past president of the Matson Public Library Board, and had served on the boards of the Bureau County Historical Society, the Bureau Valley Community Concert Association and the Bureau Valley Country Club. He was a longtime member of Princeton Masonic Lodge 587 and Princeton Chapter 28 Royal Arch Masons. He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Princeton, was a former chairman of the trustee board and served 13 years as church financial secretary.

Surviving are three stepdaughters, Judith (James) Fleming of Aurora, Ohio, Kathy (Donn) Free of Wheeling, W.Va., and Shirley Zabransky of Sagamore Hills, Ohio; a niece, Kay (Gary) Richardson of Walnut; a nephew, Richard Eickmeier of Ohio, Ill.; and several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, Princeton, with Pastors Derek Boggs and John Weborg officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, with military rites conducted by Roger L. Eickmeier American Legion Post 125.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to the Evangelical Covenant Church Radio Fund or Roger L. Eickmeier American Legion Post 125.

Online condolences may be left at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

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