ONEONTA - Vernard Carl Eichler, 77, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the A.O. Fox Hospital.
He was born July 30, 1940, in Oneonta, the son of the late Elmer and Iva (Montgomery) Eichler.
For many years, Vernard worked construction for the Laborers Union Local No. 17. But for the last 14 years he was the maintenance man at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
In 1963, Vernard married Patricia Ann Harrington in Montrose, Pennsylvania. Together they shared 54 years of marriage.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing until his health didn't allow him to anymore.
Vernard was an all-around good guy and a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was a member of the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.
Vernard is survived by his loving wife, Pat Eichler of Oneonta; two daughters, Laura Laub and Michele Kelly, both of Chittenango; granddaughter, Amanda Lynn Eichler and her mother, Kristen Larsen; one grandson, Wesley Davy; two sisters, Agnes Lindsley and Ruth Grant; three brothers, Bruce and Linda Eichler, Richard and Susan Eichler and Elmer Jr. and Marie Eichler; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son, Mark Eichler; and daughter, Elaine Jenks.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 15, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. Funeral services will immediately follow at noon with the Rev. Bob Wilkie officiating. Burial will be held in the spring in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery, Oneonta.
Vernard had two requests, that anyone who wishes to attend the services do not wear a suit and instead wear blue jeans and also that there be NO flowers and in lieu of flowers, make a donation to the Sixth Ward Athletic Club, 22 W. Broadway, Oneonta, NY 13820.
To light a candle or send an the family an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on March 11, 2018