Charles Fredrick Eickhoff, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at Golden Living Rochester East.

He was born Nov. 20, 1933, in Wykoff, the son of Fredrick and Emma (nee Kohlmeyer) Eickhoff.

Raised in Wykoff, he was a graduate of the public schools there.

Following graduation, he entered the United States Air Force, served as a supply clerk to the officers during the Korean War and was discharged in February 1961.

He married Ruth Johnson on May 12, 1962, at East Saint Olaf Lutheran Church.

He owned and operated Wayside Grocery in southeast Rochester for five years. Then, for a few years, he drove a taxicab and worked for Rochester City Lines. He became a custodian at Saint Marys Hospital and eventually became the supervisor of custodians at Mayo Clinic. He retired in 1994 with more than 20 years of service to the Mayo Clinic. In retirement, he became a school bus driver.

He enjoyed fishing and camping. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the VFW and the American Legion.

Charles is survived by his wife, Ruth Eickhoff of Rochester; a son, Bradley (Linda) Eickhoff of Rochester; a daughter, Brenda (Gary) Vandal of Rochester; a grandson, Cory Vandal of Byron and a sister, Emily Bratager of La Crescent.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for him were held Thursday, Oct. 30, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. Fred Rengstorf officiating. Burial, with military rites provided by VFW Post 1218, followed at the East Saint Olaf Lutheran Church Cemetery near Rock Dell.

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