William Stephen “Billy” Eickel, 94 diedSunday evening June 28th peacefully in his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Virginia Reed Eickel. They had no children, but he is survived by a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews all of whom he loved very much. His parents the Late Charles Andrew Eickel and Amelia Oechsner Eickel immigrated to the United States from Germany and lived in St. Louis MO. Before moving the Family to New Orleans. His siblings Joseph Andrew “Mike” Eickel, Charles Wilford “Pete” Eickel, Louis Bernard Eickel, Elmer Horace Eickel, Henrietta Eickel Sanchez also precede him in death. Billy joined the Marine Corps before his 18th birthday in 1942 and was proud of his time in the service of his country. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned to New Orleans where he met Virginia who he married June 12, 1949. They spent the next 50 years together enjoying trips to various National Parks and visiting their many nieces and nephews. As well as selling automobiles for most of his life, Billy went to work at Ochsner Hospital to honor Virginia who spent 42 years as a nurse there. During the time he spent caring for her he enjoyed baking cookies and pies which he shared with countless people and friends. He was a Deacon at First Baptist Church New Orleans. He loved and touched many people over the course of a full life.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11:00 am at Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4900 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70001.
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