LaVerne J. Eike, 92, of Manchester, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, with a 2 p.m. Scripture service. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Manchester, with visitation one hour before the service. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Manchester.
Survivors include his daughter, Shirley (Dennis) Lyons of Manchester; one grandson, Caleb Lyons of Manchester; many nieces and nephews; and a special group of friends from Jude's Cafe.
LaVerne was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Agnes; siblings, Delores (Eike) and Linus Hoeger, Clarence (Anita) Eike and Leo (Darlene) Eike; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Lorretta (William) Hildebrand, Frank (Eileen) Egloff, Cora (Emil) Lentner and Cordella (Kenny) Powell.
LaVerne was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Joseph Eike Jr. and Clara (Bergfeld) Eike. On Aug. 16, 1948, LaVerne married Agnes Egloff at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Earlville. Together the couple farmed in the Manchester area. LaVerne liked to watch the corn grow. His heart never left the farm, even though he did. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and East Central Iowa Two Cylinder Club. He served as Milo Township trustee and on the dairy board. LaVerne hauled livestock for area farmers, was a carpenter and a school bus driver. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, driving his restored John Deere tractors in many parades and dining with friends at Jude's Cafe. He loved spending time with friends and family, especially his grandson, Caleb.
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