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Niobrara County Library - Howard Herndon Eikenberry (June 20, 1907 - October 30, 1983)

Howard Herndon Eikenberry (June 20, 1907 - October 30, 1983)

The Lusk Herald
November 3, 1983

Howard Eikenberry

Howard Eikenberry, 76, life-time farmer and rancher of the Rawhide Butte area southwest of Lusk, died at the Niobrara Memorial Nursing Home Sunday, Oct. 30. Services were held at Peet Mortuary Chapel Wednesday, Nov. 2. Interment was in the Lusk Cemetery.

In addition to managing his ranching business, Mr. Eikenberry was employed as a police officer in Lusk in the mid 1950's, served as deputy county assessor and was employed at the port of entry in Lusk from 1967 until 1969.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Eikenberry was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman, often offering the hospitality of his ranch to out-of-state and local hunters. Each winter he ran a trap line, a necessity in his younger years to supplement the family income and a hobby in his later years, that he continued to pursue. Due to the lack of snow and mild weather the catch last winter wasn't abundant as in years past.

A victim of "Lou Gehrig" disease, Mr. Eikenberry was hospitalized in July in Scottsbluff where he underwent surgery, followed by hospitalization in Lusk and then transferral to the nursing home.

Howard Herndon Eikenberry was born June 20, 1907, in Edwards, Mo., the son of Fred and Sophronia Eikenberry who moved their family from Stapleton, Nebr. to Wyoming in 1917. The trek from Nebraska took 10 days by way of covered wagon pulled by four horses.

The Fred Eikenberry's settled their family of four daughters and son Howard, who was the youngest, in a one-room cabin of pine boards covered in tar paper. It was located 17 miles southwest of Lusk at the foot of the Buttes. Following the harvest of the crops that fall, another room was added to the homestead cabin. From the small homestead claim, Howard and his father purchased adjoining land and built a 2,500 acre sheep and cattle producing ranch.

On June 28, 1936, Howard and Lois Vera Taylor, a school teacher at the Rawhide School, were married. The Eikenberrys became the parents of three sons and one daughter - Helen (Mrs. William) Oates of Lusk, Howard of Denver, Robert of Lusk and William of Cheyenne.

The Rev. Frank Blish officiated at the funeral. Music was provided by Edna DeCastro on the organ and Joy Kaltenheuser who sang "Don't Fence Me In" and "Have Thine Own Way Lord."

Pallbearers were Art Brozovich, Carl Soderberg, Dave Wisseman, Bob Bramlet, Ed Hoy and Dale Bardo.

Mr. Eikenberry is survived by his wife Lois who has been a resident of Niobrara Memorial Nursing Home since 1978; his four children, grandchildren, J. William, Elizabeth and Barbara Jean Oates of Lusk, Mark and Jennifer Eikenberry of Denver, Angela and Bret Eikenberry of Omaha and Billy and Tommy Eikenberry of Cheyenne; and sisters, Edith Kaan of Lusk, Florence Rovere of Sturgis, S. Dak., and Marion Duguid of Silver City, N. Mex.

Memorial funds have been established to the Niobrara Nursing Home and Lusk Niobrara ambulance fund.

Related Obituaries:

Edna Blair (May 17, 1901 - March 2, 1978)

Branson Jeremiah Dull (May 3, 1890 - June 4, 1955)

Fred Welch Eikenberry (April 8, 1874 - April 23, 1958)

Lois Vera Eikenberry (April 8, 1907 - May 13, 1985)

Sophronia Herndon Eikenberry (December 17, 1878 - October 10, 1953)

Ruth Genevieve Hibbard (April 15, 1933 - August 4, 2004)

Donna M. Jetson (Date Unknown - November 30, 2006)

Edith Mae Kaan (June 8, 1902 - December 5, 1995)

Nicolaas Teunes Kaan (May 10, 1891 - August 22, 1977)

Gregory John Kuhn (January 17, 1918 - June 2, 1967)

Phyllis Narcissa Kuhn (July 5, 1924 - October 26, 1959)

William John Oates (November 10, 1934 - September 28, 1988)

Helen V. Redding (February 24, 1922 - August 10, 1993)

Loretta E. Schipporeit (January 27, 1898 - December 14, 1999)

James H. Shillenn (September 10, 1921 - September 22, 1994)

Norma Ione Shillenn (March 22, 1923 - May 20, 1992)

Barbara Joy Sorenson (January 14, 1931 - February 10, 1994)

David Lee Sorenson (January 18, 1955 - April 7, 1956)

Agnes Marie Taylor (November 18, 1890 - November 14, 1958)

Cooley Needam Taylor (August 7, 1890 - June 30, 1991)

Don Carlos Taylor (February 25, 1896 - December 3, 1993)

Donald Lee Taylor (January 15, 1925 - May 20, 1954)

Ethel Jeanette Taylor (April 7, 1897 - November 6, 1984)

Gladys May Taylor (January 1, 1911 - May 5, 1977)

Lydia Taylor (July 3, 1894 - November 6, 1962)

Neoma J. Taylor (September 9, 1926 - January 20, 1994)

Robert Benjamine Taylor (December 4, 1890 - January 30, 1965)

William Alfred Taylor (November 2, 1928 - June 18, 2010)

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