Francis Joseph Eichstadt Jr., 78, died of ALS on April 3, 2020 at his home in Fairfield Township, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen Ely Eichstadt; son Andrew Eichstadt of Columbus, Ohio; daughter Amy Eichstadt Waun (Scott) of Loveland, Ohio; and son David Eichstadt (Kate) of Northbrook, Illinois.
He is also survived by one brother, John Eichstadt of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Makenna Eichstadt, Quinn Lockhart, Abigail and Emily Waun, and Michael and Julia Eichstadt; two sisters-in-law, Margene Ely Dean (Tom) of San Diego, Calif., and Anne Ely Kenlon (Dan) of Portland, Ore.; and one brother-in-law, Joe Ely (Gretchen) of West Lafayette, Ind.
Frank was born Sept. 29, 1941 in St. Joseph, Mo., to Francis J. and Pauline Mackiewicz Eichstadt.
He attended Christian Brothers High School in St. Joseph, graduating in 1959. He studied at St. Joseph Junior College and then went on to the University of Kansas, where he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He completed his academic career at the University of Kansas in 1968, earning his Ph.D in chemical engineering.
He married Karen Margaret Ely on Feb. 1, 1969, in Auburn, Nebr. The couple moved to Martinsville, Va., where Frank began work as a research scientist for DuPont. They moved to Parkersburg, W. V. in 1977, where he continued his work for DuPont until 2004 when he retired.
Over Frank’s long career as a scientist, he played a key role in developing innovative polymers and high-strength materials. His work can be found in many everyday products, from apparel to modern safety equipment and healthcare delivery devices.
When his family was young, Frank applied his love of precision engineering to his hobby of woodworking. He crafted numerous pieces of fine furniture for their home, and his grandchildren continue to use them today. He also enjoyed traveling with his family, visiting national parks all over the United States.
In retirement, Frank and Karen moved to Ohio to be nearer to their children and grandchildren. They became active members of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. They continued their travels, completing visits to all 50 states and to countries throughout Europe. Frank was a skilled photographer, and his colorful images of spectacular landscapes and historic sites are displayed in their home.
Based on the current national events, the Celebration of Life Mass will be held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Liberty Twp., OH, at a later date.
In memory of Frank’s life, donations may be sent to the charities listed or another.
Matthew 25 Ministries
The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter
1170 Old Henderson Rd Ste 221
Columbus OH 43220
Tashia Thomin - May 9, 2020
My heart goes out to Karen and the rest of her family. Frank was an amazing man with a heart of gold. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen.
Nina and Matt Rodgers - Apr 8, 2020
Eichstadt family, I have the fondest memories of Frank, and the fun dinners we would have during parents' weekends. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Matt and Nina Rodgers
Amy (Gawatz) Licata - Apr 8, 2020
Our condolences to you and your family Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Amy, John, Kitty, Monica and Nelson
Gene Mikelonis - Apr 8, 2020
Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Frank was a wonderful man who left this world a better place. My prayers are with you and your family.
Debbi mischler - Apr 8, 2020
Karen: My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Thee loss of a husband after so many years together can never be fully planned for but in this chaotic time it seems even more cruel. I hope your sincere faith, which I know you have, and the love of family and friends, can make this time a little more bearable. My prayers, as always, are with you.
Kim Connon - Apr 8, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Frank. We had many wonderful conversations at the Y over the years. We both loved national parks and taking pictures of all the beautiful places we would visit. I knew when I got back from a trip, Frank would want to hear all about it. He was such a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Dick and Rita - Apr 7, 2020
Dick and I sent our heartfelt sympathy to you Karen and your dear family. We know the memories of all of your adventures and fun times will comfort you. Peace, Dick and Rita Rings
Nancy Horn - Apr 7, 2020
Karen, You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Enjoyed the time spent with Frank. Nancy Horn
John Fultz - Apr 7, 2020
Eichstadt family, It was a joy to know Frank and I am terribly sorry for your loss. Hope to see you at his celebration of life mass in the future. John
Dan & Tari Torbeck - Apr 7, 2020
Dear Karen & Family, We are ao sorry for your loss, Frank was real kind person, he will be missed. God Bless and stay safe
Marlene Palmatary - Apr 7, 2020
Frank was a man with many talents. He enjoyed an active life. I continue to keep you and your family in prayer.
Dan & Nita Hauser - Apr 7, 2020
Karen and family—We are so sorry for your loss of Frank. What a wonderful impact he had on so many. We appreciated reading his obituary and learning more about him. Many things we were not aware of. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May you feel the loving arms of Our Lord embracing you all as He comforts you in the weeks to come.
Claudia Poore - Apr 7, 2020
Karen: My heart goes out to you and your family. The obit gives me a lot of info that I never knew about Frank and all of his accomplishments. Please know that you will remain in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thoughts, prayers and God's Blessings to you and yours.
Kay Isacson - Apr 6, 2020
Karen, the obit was wonderful - there were a lot of things that I didn't know about Frank. We love you and are praying for you and your family as you navigate this sad time. You are not alone! Love, Kay