Gene Allen Eichman went home to be with the Lord on Thursday Feb 1, 2018 at the age of 89. Gene was born on Sept. 12, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas to Julius Olen Eichman and Lucille Kerlick Eichman.
He was raised in San Antonio and on the family ranch in Goliad. As a young boy he enjoyed visiting his extensive Goliad family frequently. Full of mischief he kept them on their toes "roping chickens" and playing cowboys and Indians and setting fires. Later in life he often referred to the ranch and surrounding area as "God's Country". He was a descendent of William "Bill" Albrecht (who migrated from Germany in 1858), a pioneer rancher who’s vision and love of the land and cattle was instrumental in laying for the foundation for cattle ranching still existence today and a strong work ethic that has trickled down from generation to generation.
He graduated from Breckenridge High School in San Antonio. After high school he worked in a family owned Texaco station. He was also fortunate to have a caring step father George Carmichael who served as a positive role model; Gene followed in his footsteps by joining the military. He served in the US NAVY from 1950 to 1954, during the Korean War. He was assigned to the USS Washburn
Upon his discharge from the Navy he settled in Southern California where he attended Santa Monica Community College. As a jounreyman electrician he worked for Hughes Aircraft specializing in aeronautics and defense, and in 1966 Hughes Aircraft's Surveyor 1 made the USA's first soft lunar landing. Wanting his children to experience the quaint country life he adored he relocated his wife and children to the family ranch in Goliad in 1968. He owned and operated Eichman Electric until his retirement.
He may have been small in stature but his heart and his benevolence was anything but small, at the age of 28 he met the love of his life Burdella (Birdie) Ann Wendt through a friend/coworker, Jimmy Stemme (who later became his son in law). They were married July 21,1957 drawing from his positive experience with his own step dad he accepted her four children as his own, they went on to have three more children during their union. Birdie Ann passed away in March of 1980 leaving him widowed for 17 years until he had the good fortune of meeting Dorothy Mae Curbello, they were married April 21, 1997 and once again with a heart bigger than Dallas he accepted her four adult children Jasper Walker, Sylvia Black, Nancy Lozo, Judy Miller and their extended families as his own. They spent 13 wonderful fun filled years together before she went to be with the Lord.
He was a history buff collecting a vast collection of war and world history documentaries, he enjoyed music, traveling but above all he loved sharing his stories with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, other family and friends, he easily became "The Storyteller" and could entertain you for hours.
Gene is survived by his children, Veronica Eichman Danford (Mike) of Goliad, Charles A. Eichman (Bernice) of Lavernia, Carrell Anna Gee of Lewisville, Debbie Flemming (Collin) of Spokane, Wa, Jimmy D. Gee (Olena) of Marupol,Doneteska Ost UK, Suzanne R Engleman of North Platte Nebraska. His Grandchildren Josh A. Fromme (Cheyanne), Meghan Fromme, Jarrid Danford (Jean Anne), Courtney Danford,Kenneth Charles (KC) Danford (Krista), Catheryn Eichman, and Amanda Eichman. James Stemme (Claudia) , Jeff Stemme (Teresa) , Geno Stemme (Julie), Janelle Weaver (Colin), Holly Jordan, Tara Jordan Snider (Mike), Briane Jordan Green (George), Kearny Jordan, Adrienne Gee, Tammy Gee, Veronica Gee, Jimmy Gee, Nicolas Gee, and Great Grandchildren Alexis Saathoff, Taygen Fromme, Trinity Danford, Easton.Danford, Ellis Danford, Ellyat Danford, and Kensleigh Fromme, and his nephews, nieces,cousins, and a host of dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, step father, wives, brother Chuck L. Eichman, and son Kenneth Glen Eichman.
Visitation Monday, February 5th beginning at 9:00 am with services at 11:00am at Grace Funeral Home (214 N. Market St. Goliad (361) 645-3216), burial with military honors at Glendale Lutheran Cemetery Goliad.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.gracefuneralhome.net. Arrangements entrusted to the personal care of Grace Funeral Home ~ Goliad.