Fredrick W. Eichstadt 1924-2013

Posted May 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

Fredrick W. Eichstadt, 88, of Wolsey, S.D., died Friday, April 19, 2013, at SunQuest Health Care Center in Huron. 

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His funeral service was held Wednesday, April 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey with the Rev. L. Scott Spiehs, officiating.  Burial was in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Wolsey. Visit

Fredrick Wilbur Eichstadt was born on August 14, 1924, to Herman and Martha (Gogolin) Eichstadt on a farm near Wolsey.  He was the fourth of nine children. Fred attended country school in rural Wolsey and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1942. Following graduation Fred began his career in farming in rural Wolsey. He married his wife of 65 years, Caroline Johnson on December 31, 1947, at Mt. Calvary Parsonage in Huron, South Dakota.

Fred and Caroline worked diligently to establish their own family farming operation that continues through today with their son Dan. Throughout his life, Fred was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey. He served as Trustee of the church, as well as a member of the Finance Board, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years.

Fred was an avid sportsman and enjoyed spending time with his family while hunting, fishing and camping.  His passion for the outdoors was enjoyed through his 85th birthday, and has been passed on to the future generations. Fred liked John Deere tractors and in his down time enjoyed listening to Country Western music in his office.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife Caroline; his children, Karen (David) Muller of Spearfish, Dave (Darla) Eichstadt of Huron, Dan of Wolsey, and Janet (Russell) Jungemann of Wolsey; 11 grandchildren, Kristin (James) Walti of Pierre, Keith (Jenny) Muller of Washington, D.C., Ryan (Becky) Eichstadt of Huron, Jamie (Spencer) White of Huron, Jennifer (Bill) Eichstadt of Mitchell, Barry Eichstadt of Wolsey, Rachel (Ryan) Eichstadt of Mitchell, Lucas Jungemann of Wolsey, Libby (Jamie) Flemming of Wolsey, Adam Jungemann of Sioux Falls, and Emily Jungemann of Ames, Iowa; four step-grandchildren, Joe Wenzel of Mitchell, Briana Rodriguez of Huron, Jason Jeffries of Iowa, and Kathy Jeffries-Shogren of Iowa; one special friend he considered a grandson, Tony Olson of Huron; 13 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; five siblings, Dorothy Sibbers of Huron, Robert of Huron, Richard of Huron, Paul (Kathryn) of Wolsey and Willis of Oregon; two brothers in-law, Wesley Johnson of Minnesota, and Norman (Lorene) Johnson of Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Delores Eichstadt of Wolsey, Edith Eichstadt of Huron and Jane Eichstadt of Texas;  and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dale, Mark, and Martin; and an infant sister, Mary.

Fredrick W. Eichstadt 1924-2013