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William "Bill" Eichenlaub

December 9, 1947 — January 27, 2023

Red Wing

William (Bill) Clayton Eichenlaub, 75, Red Wing, died Friday, January 27, 2023 at his home.  He was born in Baltimore Maryland on December 9, 1947. He graduated from Breck High School in 1966 and spent four years in the Coast Guard which taught him many things that he used the rest of his life. After the Coast Guard, he attended Winona State University. While there, he took away two loves – teaching and his wife, Kathy, who he spent 53 wonderful years of partnership.

Throughout his teaching career, Bill was a champion for students, which started as a Special Education teacher and culminated in 17 years at the Tower View Alternative School. He received the Minnesota Special Education Teacher of the Year Award and pioneered a program that positively affected hundreds of students.

Bill spent his life gathering knowledge and skills which he used during his favorite retirement hobbies – cooking, the daily crossword puzzle, Jeopardy, Ham Radio, and continuing to teach. Even after retirement, he taught at the Red Cross, Prairie Island high school student tutoring, grade school math as a class helper and many other forums.

His family will most miss his optimism, his ability to find humor in every situation and to converse with strangers, the delicious meals he prepared, his knowledge, and the support and mentorship that was always quietly given without judgement.

He is preceded in death by his twin brother Robert Eichenlaub, his father John Eichenlaub, MD, and his mother Elizabeth Purdy. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, son Tony (Carol); daughter Stacy; his grandsons Isaac, Gabe, and Elan and his siblings, Carol (Jack), Joan (Ron), Dick (Peggy).

In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Hiawatha Valley Amateur Radio Club, Hispanic Outreach, or charity of choice.

The celebration of life will be hosted from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Mahn Family Funeral Home - Bodelson-Mahn Chapel

602 Plum Street, Red Wing, MN 55066

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