Charles "Ike" Eisenhauer: 1921-2004


Charles "Ike" Eisenhauer of Craig, owner and operator of Ike and Son Transmission, died Aug. 6, 2004, at his home. He was 82.

Eisenhauer was born Nov. 26, 1921, to Maurice Eisenhauer and Mary Nogle of Kelly Cross Roads, Pa.

Eisenhauer was married June 17, 1946 in Harrisburg, Pa., to Delia Eisenhauer. Eisenhauer bought his first motorcycle when he was 15 years old. The love of racing drew him to hill climbs and flat track motorcycle racing. In 1951, Eisenhauer hill-climbed in Canada and won a championship that had not been won in 13 years. He owned 50-plus motorcycles in his lifetime. He also enjoyed hunting, that's what brought him to Northwest Colorado. He came back for a job that he was offered working on transmissions. The trip out here with his family had many challenges, but that did not stop him. Eisenhauer worked for Dunckan Chevrolet and Craig Sales, then he opened Ike's Transmission in 1960, where Shepherd and Sons has a storage building. In 1961, he and Gordon Whisner rented the old Dunckan Chevrolet building for a transmission and body shop. Because of Eisenhauer's love for ice fishing, in 1962, he introduced snowmobiling to this country by obtaining the first SkiDoo dealership. Eisenhauer needed parts for an old Desoto, and due to the lack of availability of parts, he bought an old car from Ferguson Douglas, which started Ike's wrecking yard. To satisfy his need for speed, in 1963, he and Larry Moore got guys together to start the first and only stock car club and racing which continues on today. In 1965, he moved the transmission shop to Shockley's trailer court, which is now TNT Body Shop. During this time, when he was in this shop, he had seven different snowmobile dealerships at one time. Due to the inconvenience of having to run back and forth from town to the wrecking yard, he built the present day, Ike's Transmission Shop and Wrecking Yard. This became the largest wrecking yard in Northwest Colorado.

Eisenhauer is survived by his wife, Delia Eisenhauer of Craig; sister, Mary (Mike) Bradley of Fox Hollow; children Dale (Roberta) Eisenhauer of Turbotville, Pa., Sharon (Robert) Meckley of Craig, Charles (LaVon) Eisenhauer of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kelly Eugene Patton of Pennsylvania, Terri (Ray) Brenda Kirk of Ohio, Joyce (Burt) Clements of Craig, Mary Jo (Doyle) Checketts of Craig, Sharon (Dave) Gilford of Lakeland, Fla., Delia (Randy) Cass of Bakersfield, Calif., and Elwood (Lanore) Eisenhauer of Craig; 26 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Eisenhauer was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice Eisenhauer and Mary Nogle, two brothers, Elwood Eisenhauer and Marlin Eisenhauer, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles, all from Pennsylvania.

A celebration of life was held at Grant Mortuary, Aug. 11, 2004, with Pastor Brian Haynes officiating.

Selections were "Yellow Rose Of Texas," "North To Alaska," "Daddy's Hands," and "There Goes My Everything."

The Scripture/prayer, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, was read by Pastor Brian Haynes and the eulogy was given by Burt Clements. The message, John 5:25-30, was given by Pastor Brian Haynes. The benediction, Revelation 1:3-4, was given by Pastor Brian Haynes, and the poem, "Should You Go First," was read by LaVon Eisenhauer.

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