Donald Aubrey Eichel

May 22, 1925
- June 10, 2003

MIDDLETON WI AND MILO - Donald A. Eichel, 78, died at Rest Haven Convalescent Home in Verona, on June 10, 2003. He was born in on May 22, 1925, in Somerville, Mass., the eldest child of Lottie and Aubrey Eichel. Donald served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, after which he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree from Drexel University in Pennsylvania. When he retired in 1990, after 32 years with the General Electric Co. Aerospace Program, he returned to his boyhood home in Milo. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and a variety of hobbies that included oil painting, taxidermy, and woodworking. He is survived by his daughter, Shelly Thieme (Charles) of Middleton; three granddaughters, Kellie Orndorff (David) of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Nicole Tribbey (Jeff) of Denver, Colo., and Kimberly Eck (Jason) of Louisville, Colo.; a grandson, Shawn Thieme of Columbia, S.C.; and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Quentin. He is also survived by a sister, Selda Bourgeoius of Enfield, Conn.; two nephews, Steven and Jeff and a niece, Jill. Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Linwood. Graveside services were held June 14, 2003, at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for a scholarship fund for the Milo High School, for students pursuing careers in engineering, in care of the Donald Eichel Memorial Scholarship Fund, Middleton Community Bank, 3207 West Beltline Highway, Middleton, WI 53562.


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