Kenneth Lyle Eicholtz passed away on Sunday, January 10th, 2021, at the mighty age of 94. He was surrounded by his loved ones.
Ken is survived by his brother Richie Eicholtz who resides in Florida and his brother Gary Eicholtz who resides in Michigan. He is preceded in death by his three sisters Kaye Miller, Noreen Huff, and Betty Oliver, all of whom lived in Florida.
He is also survived by his children: Paula Carol Griswold and husband Rick G. Griswold of Hendersonville, NC; Wendy Ann Conedera who has preceded him in death and husband Dana Conedera of Phoenix, AZ; Leslie E. Johnson and husband Edward E. Johnson, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; and Todd K. Eicholtz and wife Karen N. Eicholtz of Hendersonville, NC. He has three step-children: Lindsey P. Stocker of California, Lesley K. Stocker of Georgia, and Grant M. Stocker of Germany.
His grandchildren include Dawn A. Conedera, Kelly C. Matthews, Catlin S. Conedera, and Kendall C. Gossman, and husband Andrew Gossman, all of Arizona. Jennifer A. Osmanoglu and husband Haschi Osmanoglu of Ohio. Tonya Hanggi who has preceded him in death and her husband Joe Hanggi of Minnesota. Natalie C. Johnson who also preceded his death, Ginger A. Lunsford and husband Matthew Lunsford, Michelle M. DeBerry and husband Brandon DeBerry, and Nick E. Johnson and wife Martha Johnson, all of North Carolina. Justin T. Eicholtz and wife Stephanie Eicholtz of Utah. Bridgett Eicholtz, Hannah Eicholtz, and Isabel R. Eicholtz, all of North Carolina. Aaron M. Stocker of Florida. He also has 23 great-grandchildren.
Ken was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 9, 1926, to his parents Thelma Gingrich Eicholtz and Wilbur T. Eicholtz. He spent a lot of his early life in Canada at his grandparents’ home and sawmill farm along with his brothers and sisters.
Ken joined the Navy during WWII at the age of 18 and served on the USS Westpoint. After the war, he started a construction business in Michigan. He married Carol Edna Bumgardner in December of 1950. They resided in Plymouth, MI where they raised their family. They were members of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. They spent their summers in Spruce Pine, NC, and later bought a summer home in Lake Lure.
North Carolina became a more desirable place to live and raise a family, so in 1970, they picked up everything and moved with their four children to Hendersonville, NC. Ken started a construction company and was soon building homes and office buildings all over Hendersonville. He had a dream to develop one of the first indoor shopping malls in Hendersonville and he followed this dream by developing Heritage Square Mall where Ken and Carol had an antique shop. They had a great love of collecting antiques and enjoyed traveling to different areas to add to their collection. Carol passed away in December of 1979.
Ken remarried in 1983 to Karyl Kissell Stocker. They were both active in the church. He was a Sunday School teacher and an usher up until just a few years ago. Ken and Karyl did a lot of traveling in Europe and enjoyed weekends at their mountain home that Ken built in Burnsville, NC. Ken continued his construction business well into 80 years of age. He enjoyed spending his days at his son Todd’s antique shop. Ken enjoyed work and friendship with Terry Gibbs, Johnny Ledford, and nephew, Randy Miller. Karyl passed away in June of 2019. After Karyl’s death, he still kept busy with friends and family including visits to see his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and church friends.
Ken will always be remembered for his great work ethic, sense of humor, and love of his country, church, and family. He touched so many lives throughout his long life.