Allen Eichner


Allen Eichner Allen E. Eichner, son of Albert and Violet Eichner, age 61 of Sioux Falls, formerly of Westbrook, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 in Sioux Falls. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Westbrook Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage.

Allen E. Eichner was born August 14, 1954 in Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Albert and Violet (Novak) Eichner. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook, and graduated from Westbrook High School in 1972. Shortly after graduation, Allen moved to Sioux Falls, where he has lived ever since. Allen led a private life. He worked as a caregiver at Sioux Valley Hospital, and later for Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage.

Allen is survived by 2 aunts: Elaine Eichner of Westbrook, Ruth Rohde of Prior Lake; many cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and many aunts and uncles.


  1. Sharilyn Thompson says

    My condolences to the family.He will be missed.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
    Allen will truly be missed.

  3. Allen was a wonderful coworker and friend. He will be missed by all of us here at the cottages. He was known her for the food he made and his outstanding humor.

  4. Robert Reilly says

    My thoughts are with Allen’s family and friends. I’ve known Al for 28 years and never saw a frown or hint of negativity in all those years. Your life’s career choice showed your true heart and nature; caring for others and being positive and encouraging was what you knew well and shared with all that were around you. Private man with a true and clean heart. I will miss your smile, as will everyone who was blessed to know you my friend.

  5. I worked with Allen many years ago and yet will always remember his compassion, his true dedication to his patients and their families and his humor. Allen’s laugh was a booming sound that I will always remember when I think of him. He will be missed. I know that his legacy of kindness will live on in the many lives he touched.

  6. Paul Dansman says

    Allen you will be truly missed. The past 20 years most all of my stories in my life some how were either told to you, or included you in some way. Allen touched so many via his words, his smile or his charm. Rest in peace old friend until we meet again.. and trust me I will have lots to fill you in on!!

  7. Todd Shelburg says

    Al was a breath of fresh air. We had met a tad over 28 yrs ago. His sense of humor and upbeat attitude never waivered. We shared many laughs over the years. He will never be forgotten. You (Al) will live forever in my heart and memories . Catch you later !!

  8. Julie Kautz says

    Allen will be missed, he was a great co-worker that was awesome to work with. Allen was so caring and compassionate with all the patients he cared for at Hospice. I’m sadden by his passing but I know he is in a great place and at peace!

    Thank You Allen for the years, until we meet again,

  9. Lance Schulte says

    Al was one of the best people I ever knew. He always had a way with words to bring calm and ease to any situation. That would always be followed up with a few laughs. I had that good fortune of knowing him personally and also had the opportunity to spend time with him while he was working. His kindness in spirit showed in his work and in his life at all times. He will be truly missed.

  10. Allen was a great coworker and dependable caregiver at the cottages. Staff and patients loved his care. He was a good cook for the cottage residents.

  11. Gaylene Johnson says

    Yes, Al was a private man… But what he chose to share with the world was priceless. He was kind, gracious and generous he took care of business, those he loved and countless others. Through words of wisdom (being great timely advice) or jokes to those that needed them and care for the hundreds of patients and their families through the years. Al loved and was loved. Al we miss you already.

  12. Tayandy Braver says

    Oh Al, how I will miss you. Your smile, sense of humor, the great conversations, and always ready with a kind word and a hug.
    I met Mama Al nearly 23 years ago, and I feel fortunate to have enjoyed his friendship all of these years. He was truly a compassionate soul, and a wonderful person.
    You are always loved, and already missed so much.
    My deepest sympathies and condolences to Al’s partner, family, and all that knew him. The world is certainly a darker without his light.

  13. Condolences from an old friend of Allen’s. I am sorry to hear of his passing. I really enjoyed the time we spent together at the mall in Worthington. Our daily talks were quite often the bright spot of my day. We fell out of contact when he moved to S.Falls and I too, moved elsewhere. I’m sure that Jesus is enjoying his light hearted laughter and true concern for his fellow man. May your grief be short and your memories pleasant.
    Vern Bass

  14. Robert S Reilly says

    Allen, you’ve been gone over 2 years now and I still miss running in to you and sharing some special moments of humor and lightheartedness in a world gone crazy and way too serious.
    I remember once, over 20 years ago, I stopped and asked you this: “What is the best piece of advice you can give to anyone in this life?”
    You immediately replied: “The event will happen no matter what; its how you react to the event that makes all the difference.” I’ve used that advice repeatedly throughout my life and thank you for it.
    I miss you. Alot.

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