William Larry Eichler was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways.
He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in
his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it”
attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man
who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually
everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the
ready, prepared to take on responsibility.
Larry was born
on October 6, 1936 on an Indian Reservation in Toppenish, Washington.
His parents were William and Virginia Ruth Eichler, and they raised
Larry in Seattle, Washington. He was brought up to be self-confident
and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout
Growing up in the Eichler household was a bit
different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as
often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Larry was
able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and
he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress
at bay. Larry was raised with one sibling, a younger sister, Carolyn.
his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Larry as being a
serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as
he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He
graduated from Highline High School in 1954. Larry was a very logical
person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his
exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation.
Larry always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make
it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be
presented to him.
College life brought with it a new set of
challenges, but Larry handled them well. Being a critical thinker who
always remained intellectually independent, Larry was able to focus on
the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to
thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down
his classmates. Larry was able to read the material and retain the
information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability
to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Larry
well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in
Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma,
Washington in 1959.
On August 27, 1977 Larry exchanged
wedding vows with Janice Dee Millar at the Community Lutheran Church of
Las Vegas, Nevada. Compassionate and devoted to Janice, Larry held
endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took
the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment.
He was a source of strength to Janice and using his gifts at nurturing
one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.
greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who
expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at
working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well
as handling solo assignments efficiently. Larry enjoyed dealing with
concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to
reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand,
Larry was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker,
one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to
complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation
was as a commercial airline pilot. He was employed for 31 years by
Northwest Airlines. Larry worked hard to be a team player, doing what
was necessary in order to get the job done.
Larry was a
United States Navy veteran. He was in the Submarine SVC serving in the
Pacific. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of
Captain, USNR. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Larry
seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His
results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and
he understood well his role in serving his country.
liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This
trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in
how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he
enjoyed his private time, Larry always tried to allocate a specific time
for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuit in his early years
was boating. Larry was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also
willing to share his interests with others. Favorite vacations included
Hawaii and Sun Valley, Idaho.
Larry found pleasure in
sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions
throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of
decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the
statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in
those details. Recreational sports included jogging and refereeing high
school basketball games. He also would watch his favorite sporting
events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were college
basketball and football. In addition, Larry was an active member of the
UNLV Athletic Fund.
Larry was a lover of animals
and cherished his pets. He had several dogs during his life, each being
his favorite during that time. His most recent dog, Abby, an
Australian Cattle Dog, was his best friend for 14+ years.
Larry’s retirement finally arrived in 1996, he was well prepared. He
always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he
knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had
begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in
advance. His new life involved staying in Las Vegas and visiting his
summer home in Sun Valley, Idaho. In retirement, he found new pleasure
in walking the beautiful trails in Idaho with his dog, Abby, and
visiting the Pioneer Saloon in Ketchum for great steaks and trout! Even
in retirement, Larry continued to stay in touch with his old friends
while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new
community and felt fulfilled.
Larry Eichler passed away on
July 20, 2010 at St. Rose Siena in Henderson, Nevada. Larry passed away
from sudden Pulmonary Embolism and Acute Myocardial Infarction. He is
survived by his wife Janice, sister Carolyn Eichler, and his niece
Melinda Callaway. Memorial Service was held at Palm Mortuary, Eastern
Chapel, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Commitment is a key word that
can be used to describe the life of William Larry Eichler. He was
committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and
trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld
his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who
expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all,
he was committed to those he knew and loved.