Howard Allen Eichorn

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  • Name: Howard Allen Eichorn
  • Location of Birth: Montevideo, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 12, 1934
  • Date of Death: February 12, 2008 (73 years old)
  • Parents: Howard C. Eichhorn and Doris (Allen) Eichhorn
  • High School and Class: 1952 - Hill City High School, Hill City, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: December 4, 1953 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: December 3, 1956 (Release Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Howard served in the United States Army for three years.

  • Wars Involved:
    Korean Conflict

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  • Civilian Life:
    At the age of 2 years old, Howard's family moved to Hill City, Minnesota where he grew up helping his father in the Eichhorn Hardware Store.

    Following his discharge from the service, he returned to Hill City, Minnesota to operate Eichhorn Hardware Store.

    On October 12, 1954, Howard was united in marriage to Elsie "Chris" Christensen in Hill City, Minnesota.

    Howard and his brother, Bruce, opened the Hibbing Surplus Store in 1960 and they later opened Eichorn's Big V Department Store in Hibbing, Minnesota.

    Howard and his family moved back to Hill City, Minnesota in 1973 and purchased Glen's Army/Navy Store in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and has owned and operated it with his family since 1974.

    Howard loved fishing, hunting, cooking and most of all flying. He was an accomplished pilot receiving his instrument rating at the age of 69. Howard enjoyed trips to Canada and flying adventures to the Arctic Circle. He was a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association along with other aviation organizations.

    Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Bruce Eichorn.

    Survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years (his childhood sweetheart), Elsie "Chris"; two daughters, Lynda Gillson and Jeanne (John) Madsen; two sons, Mitchell (Debra) and Rusty (Fiance' Robin Peterson); one sister, Joan (Walter) Jaakkola, and six grandchildren.

    Howard died at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and was cremated.

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