He was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Jasonville, the son of John Bennett and Docia (Lynch) Eikelman.
He was retired from the Peabody Coal Shops and Otis Elevator, where he worked at both as a machinist. He was a member of the Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Jasonville, working in the bus ministry for over 30 years and teaching Sunday School for over 25 years. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
Survivors include three daughters, Terri (John) Ryser of Linton, Tina (Bud) Bovenschen of Linton and Tonya (Greg) Burcham of Dugger; a brother, Paul Eikelman of Ft. Myers, FL; a sister, Pam Edwards of Lizton; eight grandchildren, Jonathan (Elissa), Jeffery (Jenny) and Lynnette Ryser, twins, Noah and Nick Burcham and Natalynn Burcham, and Amelia and Michelle Bovenschen; and five great-grandchildren, Max, Faith, Elias, Jeremiah, and Gracie Ryser.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores (McDonald) Eikelman, Dec. 3, 1998; a brother, Dave Eikelman; two sisters, Melba May and Shirley Eikelman; and a great-grandson, Cooper John Ryser, Dec. 26, 2008.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Blessed Hope Baptist Church with Pastors Jerry Ross and Jonathan Ryser officiating.
Burial will follow at Walker Cemetery near Worthington, with Pastor Robert Ross officiating at the graveside.
Friends may call from 4-9 p.m.Thursday at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Blessed Hope Baptist School through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.welchcornett.com.