John Eisenlohr

John Eisenlohr, 79, of New York Mills, passed away November 29, 2016 at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills.

Funeral services were held Dec. 3, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills with Pastor Kirk Douglas officiating.

Arrangements were were Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills.

John Frederick Eisenlohr was born September 9, 1937, to Herbert Carl and Lillian Rae (Gilmore) Eisenlohr in Staples. John was baptized Oct. 10, 1937 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Staples, and confirmed on June 24, 1952 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Motley (relocated from Staples). John graduated from Motley High School in 1956, and attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. John took classes in blueprint reading helping in his job hangin drywall. John worked as an insurance representative for AAL and  attained his FIC and CLU in insurance counseling and also enrolled in Farm Management. On September 5, 1959, John was married Beverly Jean Giese at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills. They made their home in Minneapolis where John was employed at Custom Tool and Swanson Drywall. John was a member of the 4th Precinct Police Reserve, was a CPR instructor, and member of Indian Guides while in Minneapolis. From 1966 to 1986 he was employed with AAL as an insurance representative and in 1971, they moved to Bev’s family farm north of New York Mills. He worked for a time with the New York Mills Police.

John enjoyed deer hunting, volunteering with 4-H clubs Shooting Sports, firearms safety instructor, a member of the State Project Development group, a member of the Otter Tail County Soil and Conservation, Minnesota Life Underwriters Assoc. John served his church as a Sunday school teacher, ACT counselor, church council, usher and greeter.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years; three sons, Robert (Elaine) Eisenlohr,  James (LaVonne) Eisenlohr and Rick Eisenlohr; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother,  David (Shirley) Eisenlohr; three sisters,  Ruth Zulkosky, Mary (Art) Helmerick and Carol Jentz; many other relatives and  friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Ernest and Elsie Giese; and one brother-in-law David Jentz.

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