Larry Eichler
Captain
July 20, 2010

 

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 his life.

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.

While 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.

Larry 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.

Larry 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.

 When 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.

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