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Joseph Eikmeier

Joseph B. Eikmeier, age 86, of Willmar, died Monday evening, March 6, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, March 10, at Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Thursday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 PM Thursday and visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Joseph "Joe" Bernard Eikmeier was born on February 28, 1931, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Angela (Kluthe) Eikmeier. He grew up in the communities of Luxemburg, Clear Lake, Albany and Rockville. Joe graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School in 1949 and from St. John's University in 1954 where he majored in Chemistry and minored in Education. He began his teaching career teaching Chemistry and Physics at Cathedral High School in Duluth. After three years of teaching, he applied for and received a Fulbright Grant to teach on the Island of Malta. Upon returning home, Joe taught Chemistry, Physics and Higher Mathematics in Lynd, Minnesota. During the years 1960 through 1967, Joe continued his education by attending St. Cloud State University, Mankato State University, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and South Dakota State University in Brookings. In 1963, he began teaching Chemistry in the Willmar Public Schools. In 1970, Joe instituted and taught courses in Geology, Astronomy and Meteorology along with Chemistry until his retirement in 1993. For 5 years following retirement, Joe was a substitute teacher in the Willmar schools.

During Joe's tenure as a teacher, he was active in the Minnesota Education Association and a Past President of the Lynd and Willmar Education Associations. In 1971, he was elected the Region 6 Representative to the Minnesota Education Association Board of Directors and served for three years. In the various places that Joe lived, he was a member of their Catholic Church parishes. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 52 years and a Life Member in Willmar. He served on the St. Mary's Parish Council and was appointed to the Regional Diocesan Council as the St. Mary's Representative. In 1992, Joe was appointed by Bishop Raymond Lucker to serve on the Diocesan Council of Parishes and the Diocesan Building Committee. In 2002, he was reappointed by Bishop Nienstad to continue serving on the Diocesan Building Committee. In 2011, Joe received the Diocesan Distinguished Service Award from Bishop John M. LeVoir.

Joe volunteered his time and talents throughout the Willmar Area, serving on the Board of Directors at the Kandiyohi County Area Food Shelf, the Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee, Habitat for Humanity and the West Central Concert Series board. Joe was a member of the Heritage Searchers of Kandiyohi County, West Central Retired Educators Association, the Willmar Evening Lions Club, the Regional Development Advisory Committee of Minnesota Public Radio and a Life Member of the Elks Lodge.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, besides other relatives and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Edward, Norbert, Henry Jr., and the Rev. Monsignor Bernard; and five sisters, Angela, Mary, Elizabeth, Julia and Ann.

Cemetery Details

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
1459 15th St. SW
Willmar, MN,


MAR 9. 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

Knights of Columbus Rosary

MAR 9. 07:30 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


MAR 10. 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Mass of Christian Burial

MAR 10. 10:30 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Peterson Brothers Funeral Home - March 08, 2017 at 09:11 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Lots of memories of a dear uncle who loved music. I learned about classic music listening to the radio with Uncle Joe while we cleaned Grandma's house (I was a teenager then). When I lived in Minneapolis, Uncle Joe took me to various concerts, plays and symphonies -- my best remembrance is when we saw Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers". As a young 20 something year old, he trusted me drive his BIG Oldsmobile from Detroit to Erie, PA while he attended a NEA Convention. I visited my future in-laws in Erie for 2 days and arrived back at the Convention Center in Detroit right on time, with Uncle Joe pointing to his watch! Then there was the time we met him at O'Hare Airport in Chicago when he returned from Europe, put all his "stuff" in my car with 4 other passengers and driving all afternoon and evening to St. Cloud--arriving at Grandma's house at 1 a.m.!! He loved travel and traveling with him on a few trips was always fun! We were glad to be able to visit with him last October while in Minnesota. He will be missed! My prayer is that besides seeing God face-to-face, I hope he meets all those ancestors he studied and researched so much about!! May he rest in Eternal Peace with God! Niece, Carol Williams New Bern, North Carolina

Carol A. Williams - March 08, 2017 at 10:50 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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And the Mohs Family - March 08, 2017 at 01:40 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Joe was one of the kindest people I know. Rest in peace.

Mary Brown - March 09, 2017 at 06:35 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of getting to know Joe on the local MPR board. My condolences to his family on the loss of a special man.

Louis Johnston - March 09, 2017 at 07:36 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I was in the Willmar Lions with Joe. He was our Treasurer and he was meticulous in making sure that everything was done, and it was done correctly. My husband and I will remember him fondly for taking such good care of the Willmar Lions.

Lori Somerville - March 09, 2017 at 08:21 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Family & Cousins, I share in your grief and sadness at Uncle Joe's passing. I have many great memories of the time when I and my sister Joanie lived with Grandma Eikmeier in St. Cloud and Uncle Joe would visit on the weekends. His enthusiasm for teaching chemistry and geology influenced my study of science and helped me on my way to a successful career in chemistry. I remember his photos of the great cathedrals & historic sites in Europe & Malta... gave me the travel bug! He loved rocks... Grandma's small basement was overflowing from his collections after he made trips to the Western states... geodes and black shiny obsidian. And he loved his flower garden..always enough room in Grandma's vegetable garden for spring bulbs and summer gladiolas.I remember that he always made time for his nieces and nephews, showing interest in how we were doing and sharing his advice, knowledge and wisdom. He was my favorite Uncle and I will miss him.Dearest Uncle Joe, you will live in our hearts and memories forever!Neice, Louise Ahles-KedzioraSanta Rosa, CA

Louise Kedziora - March 09, 2017 at 09:22 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Blue & White Sympathy Floor Basket was purchased for the family of Joseph B. Eikmeier.

March 09, 2017 at 07:44 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My Great Uncle Joe....One of the nicest people I remember. ALWAYS had a kind word..and what a conversationalist! He could talk about anything! Will love and miss you always...and we will see each other again!Much love from the Johnson family in Maine!Great niece, Kim

Kim Mruz Johnson - March 10, 2017 at 08:49 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Family & Cousins,I share our loss in the passing of our WONDERFUL Uncle Joe. What a great teacher not only to his many students over the years, but to us nieces and nephews as well. He taught me the love of traveling. To always travel with the spirit of a world citizen. To be a person of good will to all people. Dearest Uncle Joe, You have made your final and happiest journey to your home in heaven! Rest in Peace with all your brothers and sisters. May God's light shine upon you always!Your loving Niece, Francine AhlesMinneapolis, Mn

Francine Ahles - March 10, 2017 at 10:28 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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