Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Fred Eichinger

Fred Eichinger, age 60, of Holtz Road, Shelby, died Sunday, February 12, 2006 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus after a sudden illness. Fred was born February 17, 1945 in Shelby and was a 1963 graduate of Shelby High School. After graduation, he joined the Ohio Air National Guard, where he began his law enforcement career as an air policeman. In 1965, he began working as a dispatcher for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, stationed at the Norwalk post. In 1966, Fred joined the Shelby Police Department, where he quickly rose to the rank of captain and retired as assistant police chief in 1993. Fred was a member of Shelby Masonic Lodge #350 F and AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, Shelby Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #180, Shelby Owls, Shelby F.O.E. Aerie #763, Shiloh American Legion Garrett-Reist Post, and was a lifetime member of Mansfield AmVets Post #26. After his retirement, Fred was the bartender for the Shelby Owls Club. He was the author of The History of Shelby Football 1894-1985. He also enjoyed spinning records under the name, Fred Big Daddy and doing tributes to Elvis and the Blues Brothers. He was a history buff who liked collecting historical memorabilia; however, his greatest passion was spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Janice Jan Elston Eichinger, whom he wed on June 11, 1966; a son and his wife, Rich and Angela Eichinger of Shelby; a daughter and her husband, Connie and Billy Castle of Plymouth; 4 grandchildren, Bobby Lewis Castle, Amber Marie Castle, Autumn Grace Castle, and Anna Rachel Eichinger. Fred was eagerly anticipating the birth of his fifth grandchild, Samantha Richelle, Eichinger. He is also survived by, his mother, Eileen Light Eichinger of Shelby; his Mother-in-law, Mildred (Russell) Page of Shelby; Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law, Carol and Ralph Barber of Shelby; and his beloved pet dog, Snoopy. He was preceded in death by his father, Nicholas William Eichinger, Jr in 1997, by his maternal grandparents, Bert and Grace Light and by his paternal grandparents, Helen and Nicholas Eichinger, Sr. Friends may call on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where Masonic services will be conducted at 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Richard L. Rader officiating. Burial will be in Little London Cemetery on Plymouth-Springmill Road, east of Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital.

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