Duane B. Eicken, 67, of Golden passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 in Brighton, Colorado.
Duane was born on July 15, 1951 in Quincy to the late Arthur L. and Gertrude D. (Gronewold) Eicken.
Duane spent most of his career as a truck driver delivering automobiles, and was a member of Teamsters’ Local 604. During his career he drove over 2 million miles and won several safe driving awards. He also farmed and worked as a carpenter. When he encountered anything mechanical, he would intuitively know how it came apart, how it worked, and then (mostly) how it went back together.
Duane was an energetic man, with many interests and dozens of friends. He never met a stranger, and usually would end up holding the babies of people he just met. He had a great laugh and a great sense of humor. He was an eternal optimist.
His interests included professional sports (St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Blues), horseback riding, camping, hunting, gardening, motorcycles, fireworks, home renovations and woodworking. He never paid anyone for something he could do on his own, and that generally worked out well for him.
Duane was raised in Carrollton, Illinois, attended college at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, and spent many years in the St. Louis area raising his family. But he was always happiest at the family farm in Golden, Illinois where he lived for many years.
Surviving is a son, Paul Eicken (Danielle) of Commerce City, Colorado, and a daughter, Beth Eicken, of Aurora, Colorado, four grandchildren, Kody Brown, Aspen Eicken, Kristopher Brown and Skylar Eicken. Duane is also survived by his sister, Linda Eicken-Mudaro (Tom) of Wilmington, NC, and a brother, Gary Eicken (Pam), of Auburn.
Duane was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Eicken.
Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 23, 2019 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Golden. Interment will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Golden. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions have been suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. You are invited to share memories of Duane and leave condolences at www.hunterfuneralhomes.com