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Obituary: Lynn Norman Eichen

Obituary: Lynn Norman Eichen

February 20th, 2019 in Obituaries

Lynn Norman Eichen, 69, of Carlinville, Ill., died Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Heritage Health in Carlinville. He was born April 5, 1949, to Morrell Norman and Melba (Klaus) Eichen in Carlinville. Lynn married Donna Colleen Coonrod, August 6, 1983, in Carlinville. Lynn graduated Carlinville High School with the class of 1967, and he attended Michigan State University from 1967-1971, majoring in soil science. He farmed in Honey Point and Shaws Point with his father until 1986. Lynn was a self-employed auto mechanic throughout his life. He enjoyed all things related to motor vehicles and could fix or fabricate almost anything. As the eldest grandchild of Harry and Loretta (Schaefer) Klaus, and Otto and Tillie (Williamson) Eichen, Lynn had a special status in both families, spending many hours at the Klaus Farm and with his Grandma Tillie in Carlinville. He was an avid reader, with an amazing recall of all he read. Lynn enjoyed cooking, and eating good food, with a special fondness for ice cream. He also enjoyed talking and swapping stories with friends, family, and acquaintances, spending time with his nieces and nephews, and he loved his dogs, and all dogs. He is preceded in death by his father Morrell Norman Eichen in 2012. Survivors include: his wife, Donna Coonrod of Carlinville, Ill.; mother, Melba Eichen of Carlinville, Ill.; sister, Peggy Ann (husband Gary Burch) Eichen of Prairie Home, Mo.; nieces and nephews, Sage Eichenburch of Prairie Home, Mo., Amy Reynolds of Springfield, Ill., Scott Coonrod of Fort Wayne, Ind., John Coonrod of Suwanee, Ga., and Lindsay Coonrod Bechtold of Lawrenceville, Ga.; great-nieces and nephews, Preston Reynolds, Shaling Reynolds, and Ava Bechtold, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. A visitation will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10-11 a.m. at Heinz Funeral Home, Carlinville, Ill., with a Memorial Service to begin at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Benld Adopt-A-Pet, MCDD, or the Carlinville Food Pantry. Please visit heinzfuneralhome.com to leave condolences.