Paul Harvey Eikanger Monday, January 15, 1940 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Zahrbock Funeral of Madison, MN announces the death of 77 Paul Eikanger of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who passed away on May 2. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Zahrbock Funeral Home Chapel in Madison, Minnesota. Visitation will be starting at 4:00 p.m. and with a public prayer service at 6:00 p.m. at the Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison, MN. Visitation will continue on Monday before the service. The concluding service and burial will be in the Revillo, SD cemetery. Paul Harvey Eikanger, age 77, passed away peacefully, on May 2, 2017, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born January 15, 1940 in Canton, SD to John and Solveig Eikanger. He grew up in Canton, SD and attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD receiving a degree in business but more importantly he met the love of his life, Judy Peterson. Paul and Judy were married July 22, 1967 at Zoar Lutheran Church in Revillo, SD. He served in the Air Force Reserves from 1963 until 1969, while he was starting his career in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Together they raised two children in Cedar Rapids, IA, Kim and Steve, and lived there until 2010. Paul worked the majority of his career at Mutual Fire and Automobile Insurance where he retired as its President in 2003. Paul had a laid-back friendly way about him. He always enjoyed his time with good friends and family. He loved nothing more than a fun-filled weekend with his family and his boat on Coralville Reservoir in Iowa. Paul was an amazing care-taker. He always made sure he had everyone's favorite food on hand. He would even have a meal ready to go or the perfect snack to hit the spot as soon as family would walk in the door. His care-taking skills were also displayed in all his unusually large houseplants and fish. He was also an avid The Weather Channel watcher. It was not uncommon to hear about a storm headed your way before your local weather forecaster even reported it. He loved his Iowa Hawkeyes, and although both his children graduated from Iowa State University, he cheered for the Hawkeyes until the end. Even though most would see only his friendly side, Paul enjoyed a good battle too. While living in his home in Cedar Rapids, IA he had a 30 year battle against boxelder bugs. Every year they would invade and every year he was finding new and unusual ways to rid his home of their pesky presence. In addition to Paul vs. The Boxelder Bugs there was Paul vs. The Squirrels. He was frequently devising creative methods to keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders. However, he was constantly taking pictures of their antics, so we are pretty sure he enjoyed having them there! During his years of retirement he found multiple ways to keep himself busy. Paul was active in Lions Club, particularly their Sight Program, and was a longtime member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He especially enjoyed time with his four granddaughters and looked forward to seeing them all. He was never afraid to don a dress up hat or hold high a parasol and may have even been seen wearing a pink feather boa! Grandpa enjoyed his girls by taking trips to the park, pushing swings, Fourth of July fireworks, boating in South Dakota, breakfasts at McDonald's, soccer games, dance recitals or just quietly reading books with them. Paul is survived by his wife Judy Eikanger of Olathe, KS; his daughter Kim White of Olathe, KS; his son Steve (Liz) Eikanger of Peyton, CO; and four granddaughters, Madison White, Ava Eikanger, Gabrielle White and Laurel Eikanger; sister Mary Eliason of Canton, SD, sister-in-law Marilyn Eikanger, brother-in-law Jim (Jane) Peterson of Revillo, SD. and sister-in-law Janice Hamak of Gary, SD. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his father John Eikanger, his mother Solveig Eikanger, his brother LeeRoy Eikanger, his brother-in-law Harley Eliason and his brother-in-law Merl Hamak. Above all else Paul enjoyed time and good conversations with family and friends. Due to the rapid onset of LBD, his family and friends missed out on many good conversations that were left unsaid over the last 7 years. In lieu of memorial contributions, we ask you to take a loved one for a nice cold glass of iced tea and enjoy a thoughtful conversation with them. And please say cheers to Paul!