LITTLE ELM, Texas – Carl Christopher Eigsti, 85, of Little Elm, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
Carl was born in 1928, in Shelby County, to Chris and Lizzie Eigsti. Carl was a retiree of Frantz Manufacturing, and a former on-air radio announcer at WSDR radio station. Carl was raised Amish Mennonite, and the oldest of 14 children. In 1945, when Carl was 17 years old, his parents moved from Shelby County to Whiteside County. They farmed 4 miles south of Rock Falls.
In 1946, Carl began working for Frantz Manufacturing. Carl loved motorcycles and owned a few Harley-Davidsons during his lifetime. He bought his first Harley in 1946 for $75. It was a 1930 45 cc Flathead. In 1947, he bought a bigger Harley, a 1936 74 cc Flathead. In May 1948, Carl purchased a brand new 1948 61 cc Panhead. Later that year, he embarked on the greatest adventure of his young life. Carl and his cousin, Art, rode their Harleys to the West Coast. Art stayed in Oregon, and Carl rode back to Illinois by himself.
Eventually, Carl left Illinois and moved out West. Carl lived in California, Arizona, and Oregon. He worked in Arizona and California for Safeway scaffolding, and in Oregon as a lumberjack. He later returned to the Rock Falls area. Carl was a bachelor until the age of 41, when, in 1969, he married widow Darlene Nicholson. Carl instantly became a stepfather to six children. He was an amazing father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all who knew him.
Survivors include his children, Betty Harmon, Sandy and Jim Harned, Linda and Glen Kelley, Wilbert and Teresa Nicholson, and Robert and Petrwska Nicholson; and his siblings, Lester and Gloria Eigsti, John and Saloma Eigsti, Fred and Rhoda Eigsti, Ruby and Orval Kempf, Barbara Kropf, Joe and Dorothy Eigsti, James and Ellen Eigsti, and Susie and Larry Hostetler.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; son, Ralph Dean; his parents, Chris and Lizzie; and his siblings, Letty Elizabeth, Mary Catherine, Carrie Ellen, Jerrold Jean, and Carol Kay.
The graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Cemetery in Milledgeville, with Pastor Dalmus Meeks officiating.
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