Ernest H. Eikenhorst Jr., 83, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Harbor Hospital of Southeast Texas in Orange, after a lengthy illness. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. 

Born on March 16, 1926 in Caldwell, to parents, Ernest H. Eikenhorst Sr. and Elsie (Looke) Eikenhorst, he lived in the Orange area for 67 years. Ernest worked for Allied Signal as a maintenance mechanic in Orange, retiring in 1983 with 28 years of service.  Ernest was of the Lutheran faith and was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II. Ernest was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and neighbor, who enjoyed spending time with his family and often helped those in need.  His work and his mechanical ability gave him the gift to fix just about anything. 

Ernest is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Patsy Allred.  

Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Patricia “Pat” Eikenhorst of Orange; his son, Kenneth W. Eikenhorst and wife, Angie of Orange; his daughters, Cheryl Ann Kasal and husband Charles of Bedford, Texas and Christy Lynn Eikenhorst of Orange; sister, Judy A. Colbrook and husband, Norman of Orange; brothers, Ralph Eikenhorst and wife, Elrita of Orange and Gary Eikenhorst and wife, Cathy of Englewood, Colo.; two grandsons, Trevor A. Kasal and Aaron Eikenhorst.  Ernest is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and many neighbors.  

For those desiring memorial contributions, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Ernest to the American Heart Association, 7415 Eastex Plaza Drive, Suite 3, Beaumont, Texas 77708-4834 (409) 980-8800 or