Paul H. Eikedahl

June 17, 1951 - June 24, 2019

Paul H. Eikedahl


On Monday, June 24, 2019, Paul Eikedahl, loving husband, father of three, and grandfather of five, passed away at the age of 68.

Paul was born on Fathers’ Day, June 17, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Ingeborg and Herman Eikedahl. He received his bachelors’ and masters’ degree in education at Northern IL University, and was a middle school teacher in Rockford, IL for 34 years. On August 5, 1972, he married Kathy Feutz and they raised three beautiful daughters, Erin, Andrea, and Jessica.

Paul was a man of few words, but many good deeds. There was nothing that was broken that he did not try to fix, and he was always willing to help others in his quiet, selfless manner. He loved his family, good friends, old movies, the Cubs, backyard volleyball, working on endless projects around the house, spending time at Lake Shish in Wisconsin, and skiing in Summit County, CO. He spent his years in retirement traveling with Kathy to Norway, San Juan Islands, Oregon, New Orleans, Nashville, but especially enjoyed spending time on beaches in Mexico, enjoying the sunshine and cerveza.

Paul was predeceased by his parents, Herman and Ingeborg; and his eldest daughter, Erin.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Andrea (Christopher) Shepherd and Jessica (Matthew) Piske; grandchildren, Kiersten, Nolan, and Dylan Shepherd and Henrik and Ike Piske. He will also be greatly missed by many sisters and brothers-in-law, several nieces and nephews, loving cousins, and good friends.

Not many things defeated Paul, but he was not able to beat the beast called cancer. The family is thankful for the amazing Hospice Care and the compassionate nurses and doctors along his final journey.

Paul never wanted to be the center of attention, so he is being honored with a small private family service, officiated by Barbara D’Sousa of Westminster Presbyterian Church. A Celebration of Life will take place later this summer. In lieu of flowers, cards with memories of Paul may be sent to the family, or you may light a candle and write a condolence on  

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I don’t know if you remember me, but I worked for the Belvidere School District at Kishwakee School and Meehan School. I am so very sorry to read about your husband’s passing. It sounds like you have so many wonderful memories to cherish. My heart goes out to you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Malva Craft

Malva Craft 2019-07-02T10:02:41

Paul has such a quiet strength and was always so patient and kind. I’m sure he thought we were crazy from time to time but he never let us know and always made us feel like our ideas were important. I am so blessed to have grown up with Big P as part of my life. I love you all and am praying that God covers you with peace and comfort.

Holly Heaton 2019-07-02T08:40:42

Top 10 Reasons Best Bapa :

He drove the boat so safely (Nolan)
Great at building things (Nolan)
Makes yummy waffles (Dylan)
Takes great care of the pool for us (Dylan)
Puts others needs before his (Kiersten)
Made us laugh a lot (Kiersten)
Best at taking out splinters for us (Ike)
If something was broken, we knew Bapa could fix it! (Ike
He loved to read, like me (Henrik)
He has a great nickname – Eik (Ike and Henrik)

Love forever,

Your Grandkids

Kiersten, Nolan, Henrik, Dylan and Ike 2019-06-30T18:30:26

Paul was a giving and loving man and was a joy to be around. He and Kathy invited us to their beautiful lake home in Wisconsin. Entertained us in Colorado skiing and always invited us to family gathering at their beautiful home on Beloit Road. God Bless you, Paul, you will be truly missed by many.

John and Suzie Shepherd 2019-06-28T21:07:36

I will always remember Paul as the solid, dependable man that he was. Whether as a teacher, friend, or family man, you could count on him. He was the “strong, silent type”. He was known at social gatherings as the guy who was rarely seen eating anything, but almost always had a beer in his hand! He was a good man who would do just about anything to support his family & his friends. Kris & I send our sympathy to Kathy and all of his family members.

John Paulsgrove 2019-06-27T16:52:05

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We were fortunate to enjoy some of Paul’s handy work at your house on beautiful Lake Shish. Please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Jane and Mark Frailey 2019-06-26T14:10:53

Andrea & Family,
So very sorry to hear of your loss. In our thoughts and prayers.

Dan & Cathy Flynn 2019-06-26T10:01:20

My first years of teaching began in 1978 at Flinn M S. As a rookie teach. Paul gave me many tips on how to become a better teacher.

Bruce A. Beling 2019-06-26T09:53:04

Oh yes, Adam… at Blue Lake in Minocqua! Thank you Paul for dragging all of those kids behind the Blue Dolphin tubing and teaching them to water ski!! Oh, the patience you showed our children! Thank you for sharing Lake Shish for family vacations and introducing John and I to your beloved vacations spots in Mexico! Such a knack for choosing gorgeous views, be it in Wisconsin, or Mexico, or Belvidere! You know your girls are in good hands surrounded by so many good friends and Family!

John and Peg 2019-06-26T08:49:45

Thank you Paul for the countless trips around Blue Lake in, or towed behind, the boat. Childhood memories of you and of our families that I will carry long into the future. Rest peacefully.

Adam & Jessica Freed 2019-06-26T05:14:13


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