“Celebration of Life” for Captain A.L. “Ike” Eisenhauer

“Celebration of Life” for Captain A.L. “Ike” Eisenhauer. October 6th 2013 

HE STOLE THE SHOW

You often read about people coming back in spirit after they pass.  We all know that it is a somewhat unreal or imaginary experience.  This past Sunday we experienced a spirit returning to affect sixty or more people who gathered to honor a friend or loved one.

At Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales, Florida; a somewhat fantasy like setting, a diverse collection of people met to hold a “Celebration of Life” for Captain A.L. “Ike” Eisenhauer.

In the audience were aviation oriented folks from as far away as Pennsylvania and Miami.  Friends and neighbors who had only recently met this amazing personality.  Church members who knew of his vocal talent and unusual thought processing of religion.  Buddies from local automobile projects or political discussions.  Story tellers or should I rephrase that to listeners.  Ike’s stories as unbelievable as many seemed, were authentic and varied.  His drinking buddies were there to add spice.

The family represented three generations of true Eisenhauers, they shared his gift of the spoken word and a caring heart worn often to close to the surface.  Sure there were tears.  Grown men were seen shaken by the unbelievable fact of the passing of this man who was such an important part of their life.

The women in attendance knew him as a gentle somewhat cuddly grandpa figure or a tough character who wore a subtle grin camouflaged in his Kris Kringle  beard.  He was alternately stern or soft, quick to state his view or silently awaiting the right time to turn the conversation’s tide.

You see throughout his colorful life Ike remained the ballast around which we all

charted our course.  He could calm the seas or stir them up but always he was there if we really needed him.

So, you see we gathered this day to honor him.  In spite of all the inspiring stories presented this afternoon.  In the midst of this program came the music, the voice at first soft and romantic as Ike sang a love song to his wife, Patricia.  Then he exploded in “When The Saints Go Marching In” as he once led the church musical group.  Finally we listened to “Glory, Glory Hallelujah” and we knew that this was Ike’s show and he was indeed marching forward somewhere.

 

Capt Ike

 

 

4 Responses to “Celebration of Life” for Captain A.L. “Ike” Eisenhauer

  1. Ralph Lemmo says:

    I knew Ike back in Sept. 1969 to Sept. 1971 at Fairfield Aviation in New Jersey working to fuel and clean aircraft including Vescos’s Gulfstream . In 2012 I found his book written about his five years with Vesco. Through that book I got to know him so much better then when I only had limited access to him back at Fairfield. What a class act. Forever rest my long ago friend. Ralph Lemmo.

  2. bruce mccarter says:

    I met Ike in 1972. I had just opened a gas station in Denville New Jersey. He came in and asked to barrow my lift to work on a chevy corvair he had just bought. We had alot of fun for many years. I never got to fly with him, but always wished I did. A great guy and better friend. Bruce McCarter.

    • Ralph Lemmo says:

      Bruce you need to read his book. I am wondering what he saw in a corvair when safety was number one with everything he did. Anyway the world lost a great great man.Thanks for writing. Ralph Lemmo

      • Bruce McCarter says:

        Ralph, it was over 40 years ago but, not sure if it was Ike’s car or a fellow pilots car or a brother in law. Not sure?

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