John Lawrence Eischen, Jr., the son of Margaret (George) and John Eischen, Sr., was born on Aug. 14, 1922, on the family farm in Rock Township near Maryhill. He was the youngest of 10 children. He attended country school, and then graduated from Cherokee Public High School in 1939.
He was united in marriage to Josephine Meier on Nov. 21, 1944, in Bow Valley, Neb. They made their home near Meriden, where they farmed and raised their four children: Janice, Jerome, Jerald, and Jeffrey.
Farming was John's passion, and he especially loved raising livestock. He was an avid fisherman, at times taking trips to Minnesota and Canada. He had been a 4-H leader for many years, and served on the Cleghorn Library Board. He was a member of Immaculate Conception church where he sang in the choir, and at many funerals.
In 2006, when his health began to fail, John was lovingly cared for by the staff at Careage Hills Nursing Home in Cherokee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Josephine on Nov. 8, 2001; two sisters, Kathryn (Laurence) Kohns and Helen Eischen; seven brothers and their wives, Carl (Marie), Sylvester (Edna), George (Harriet), Clarence (Beryl), Edward (Dorothy), Harry (Celestine), and Freeman (Bernice).
He is survived by his children: Janice of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jerome of Cherokee, Jerry of Spencer, and Jeffery and Reg'ee Harris, of Omaha, Neb.; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.