Valerian Eikmeier - October 18, 2009Valerian Eikmeier, 88, of Dodge, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2009 at Parkview Nursing Home in Dodge.
Funeral Mass was Thursday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge with Rev. Patrick McLaughlin as celebrant. Burial was at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Stokely Funeral Home of Dodge was in charge of arrangements.
Valerian Joseph Eikmeier was born Dec. 26, 1929 in Colfax County near Olean to Conrad and Mary Peitzmeier Eikmeier. He attended Sacred Heart Academy at Olean. He served in the US Army from 1942 and 1945, stationed in Germany and France.
On May 1, 1946, he married Coletta Hunke at St. Boniface Catholic Church at Monterey. The couple farmed south west of Dodge until moving into Dodge in 1981.
He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and belonged to Holy Name Society. He was a member and Past Commander of the Dodge American Legion and served on the Dodge Cooperative Board. He loved his family and farming, he enjoyed bowling and golfing.
Survivors include his wife Coletta of Dodge; sons, Gerald (Tammy) of Dodge, Donald (Karen) of Elkhorn, Bernie (Sandy) of Dodge and James (Eileen) of Henderson; sister Doreen (Kenneth) Uhing of West Point, and brother Clarence (Anna Mae) Eikmeier of Dodge; grandchildren Kristin (Galen) Uhing, Heather (John) Baumert, Nicole Eikmeier, Cary ( Craig) Reimers, Craig, Barry, Jacob (April), Nathan, Connor, Cory (Erica) and Casey (Ginger) Eikmeier; nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by great-granddaughter Anessa Eikemeier, sisters Irma Ulrich and Jeanette Northrup, brothers Harold, Ralph, Roland, Albin, and Delbert Eikmeier.