NEW ULM - Robert "Bob" Eichten, 94, of New Ulm died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Matthew Wiering celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30-10 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org/.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Susan Eichten of Missoula, Mont.; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Julie Eichten of Rice Lake, Wis., Noel and Sharon Eichten of New Ulm, Jerry and Brenda Eichten of Newberg, Ore.; and Debbie Eichten of San Diego, Calif.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy Herbeck, Mildred and Norb Seifert, Phyllis Herzog; and a brother, Joseph Eichten.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anita Eichten in 1983; a son, David R. Eichten; and by a sister, Alice Kunz.
Robert Carl Eichten was born Oct. 6, 1917 in New Ulm to Carl and Amalia (Stiemann) Eichten. He was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School. Employed at Citizens Bank from 1938 to 1941, Bob served in the US Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 during WWII. Piloting a B-25 aircraft, Bob was injured during a mission in the Mediterranean Sea and earned the Purple Heart. After service to his country, Bob returned to his employment at Citizens Bank until his retirement in 1981 as president. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and watching the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. Bob also enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events.
He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Disabled American Veterans, Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post #132, Albert Nagel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1648, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and St. Patrick's Council of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Eichten was a member of numerous civic groups including the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of New Ulm, Turner Hall, and the New Ulm Country Club.