Our family is very saddened to tell you that Erik M. Eichel, our gentle giant who was born in Amarillo and spent a happy childhood here, died Wednesday, September 21, in Del Rey Beach, Florida. Erik had lived in Florida for the past two years where he worked in his lifelong occupation as a machinist.
The family invites you to attend a memorial service to remember and celebrate Erik. The service will be at 1 p.m. at the Tascosa Road Fellowship Church, 200 Tascosa Road, on Tuesday, September 27, 2001.
Erik attended South Georgia Elementary school and had many good friends that he joined in Boy Scouts and all types of Kids Inc. sports. He won trophies in bike motocross, the Scouts’ go-kart races, and first place in the S. Georgia spelling bee. He also attended San Jacinto Methodist church where his beloved grandfather W. E. Gillespie, arranged to extend his bus ministry to include him.
Erik moved with his family to Austin and on to Houston where he graduated from Cy-Creek High School in 1976. He interned in Virginia and learned his machinist skills which he developed in later jobs.
Erik’s biggest joy, besides his family, was most certainly fishing and he spent happy times in Utah working, fishing and camping. He also liked performing karaoke to country western songs.
Erik is survived by his parents, Don and Gloria Selby of Tomball, Tx.; his father, Meinhard G. Eichel of Seattle, Wa.; two sisters, Heidi Eichel Sena of Tomball and Lynette Selby Blake of Amarillo; a brother, Alan Selby of Austin; many loving aunts, an uncle, many beloved nieces and nephews; and two much-loved great-nephews and a great-niece; and his grandmother Gertrude Giles of The Woodlands, Tx.
Our family requests that any memorial contributions be sent to Faith City Mission, 401 S.E. Second Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101, in remembrance of Erik Eichel, in lieu of flowers. Erik’s ashes will be interred by the family at a later date.
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