William L. Eichenberg

William L. EichenbergWilliam Lee (Bill) Eichenberg went to be with the Lord on Oct. 29, 2017, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Bill was a humble man of great faith and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Visitation will take place on Monday, Nov. 13, from 4-7 p.m. (Rosary at 6:00 p.m.) at Holland & Lyons Mortuary. The Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Ann Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The graveside service, with military honors, will be on Nov. 15 at 10:45 a.m. at the Bakersfield National Cemetery.

Born on Oct. 20, 1943, in San Jose, to William and Laura Jean Eichenberg, Bill spent most of his early life growing up in San Bernardino. He graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1961 and from the University of Santa Clara in 1965. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army. He served on active duty in Vietnam from September 1966-March 1968.

Shortly after his return, he met Florence (Flo) Reuland, and they were married June 28, 1969, at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. After leaving active duty, Bill began a career in county and city government, which took them to Visalia, Camarillo and eventually Ridgecrest, where he served as city administrator from 1978 to 1982.

In 1983 Bill began work for the Department of Defense at China Lake, where he served in numerous roles until his retirement in 2004. He also remained an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1993 after 28 years of service. In addition to serving in Vietnam he served on active duty for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm from 1990-1991 at the Pentagon.

He was active in many local organizations, especially St. Ann Church and the Friends of the Ridgecrest Branch Library. In his retirement years, he and Flo enjoyed traveling the world and visiting their family and friends.

Bill is survived by Flo, his wife of 48 years, and his children and grandchildren, Jim of Pacific Grove; Bob and Julie (Zach and Tyler) of Atlanta, Ga.,; Caroline and Sal Manno (Luke, Gianna, Daniel and Therese) of Wildomar, Calif.; and Will and Michelle (Penelope and William) of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother Tom (Yvonne) of Elk Grove; and four nieces and one nephew. He was proceeded in death by his parents William and Jean, brother James and sister Katherine.

Donations can be made in Bill’s honor to the Friends of the Ridgecrest Branch Library or the American Cancer Society.

— Submitted by the family of William Eichenberg

Story First Published: 2017-11-10