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Wendell Eike

November 9, 1930 November 6, 2018
Wendell Eike
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Obituary for Wendell Eike

Wendell Eike, age 87, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Wendell Berven Eike, was born on November 9, 1930 on the family farm outside of Radcliffe, Iowa. He was the youngest of five children, born to Elmer and Gyda (Berven) Eike. Wendell was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Radcliffe.
Wendell attended Salem Country School in Radcliffe and had the unique pleasure of having his sister Kathryn as his teacher. He later attended Radcliffe High School and graduated in 1948. While in High School, Wendell was known for his athletic abilities in baseball and basketball. One of the highlights Wendell recalled was playing in the State Baseball Tournament in 1948.
Wendell attended Ellsworth College and Upper Iowa University. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Upper Iowa University in 1955. Wendell enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1952-1954, during that time he spent one year in Korea. Upon discharge, he served six years in the Army Reserves.
Wendell began his teaching and coaching career in Pleasantville, Iowa in 1955. It was there he met Doris Dillon. Wendell and Doris were united in marriage on June 23, 1957, in Odessa, Missouri. In 1957, Wendell and Doris moved to Reinbeck, Iowa, where they started their family.
In 1964, Wendell purchased the Radcliffe Dairy and moved his family to Radcliffe, Iowa. For the next 30 years, Wendell delivered milk to the surrounding grocery stores, schools and homes. Wendell quickly gained a reputation as, “the milkman that delivered the best chocolate milk.” Wendell was a devoted father and grandfather and was always seen in the stands at virtually every sporting event of his daughters and grandkids.
Wendell was always one to shy away from the spotlight. From 1981-2004, he also had the role of “music man” and “backroom stockman” as he assisted his wife Doris in numerous Style Shows and the merchandise check-in for the Chalet. At every Holiday Stroll in Marshalltown, Wendell would be at the Chalet offering his signature drink of hot cider, “with or without.”
Wendell was devoted to not only his family, but the town of Radcliffe. He was involved with numerous organizations: Radcliffe Kiwanis Club, Radcliffe City Council, a Radcliffe Volunteer Fireman and the Radcliffe Friendly Fairways Board. Wendell was also part of the exploratory committee in 1968 that conceived and launched the Radcliffe Friendly Fairways.
From 1970-1994 Wendell volunteered countless hours at the Radcliffe Friendly Fairways and from 1994-2016, Wendell served in the official capacity as the course manager and groundskeeper. Wendell was honored by the Radcliffe Friendly Fairways Board on October 3, 2018 by the naming of #1 Fairway as “Eike Fairway.”
Wendell is survived by his wife Doris; daughters Shelly (Bill) Cox of Ft. Worth, TX, Wendy (Marty) Frangenberg of Dike, IA; grandchildren Zach (Lauren) Frangenberg of Virginia Beach, VA, and Megan Frangenberg of Ankeny, IA. Wendell was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Everette, Marie, Kathryn and Bernice.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the Radcliffe Security State Bank for the beautification of the Radcliffe Friendly Fairways. Checks may be made out to the Wendell Eike Memorial.


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Celebration of Life

Sunday

2

Dec

1:00 PM 12/2/2018 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 12/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Radcliffe American Legion

115 Isabella St, Radcliffe, IA 50230
Radcliffe, Iowa 50230

with a short program at 2:00 pm.

Radcliffe American Legion
115 Isabella St, Radcliffe, IA 50230 Radcliffe 50230 Iowa
United States
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