James Richard Eichlin


February 24, 1947


April 19, 2018

James Richard Eichlin, 71 of Berwick, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Danville. He was born February 24, 1947 in Easton, PA, a son to the late Richard J. and Sarah Elizabeth (Sitgraves) Eichlin. Jim graduated from Wilson High School in 1965. He then worked his way through Penn State, where he was awarded a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. He then worked at PPL in the nuclear power generation field for the next 33 years before retiring. Jim loved to restore antique John Deere tractors. He also had an extensive collection of John Deere memorabilia and miniatures, as well as three hit and miss engines, with which he loved to tinker. In 1984, Jim married the love of his life, the former Beryl Taylor, and they would have celebrated their 34th anniversary September 24th of this year. Jim and Beryl loved to travel in their RV. They would winter in Florida as “Snowbirds” for six consecutive years before health concerns prevented travel last winter. They also belonged to antique tractor clubs, the most noted was the Montour Antique Tractor Association. Jim was a hard-working and devoted husband, step-father, brother and friend who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. As well as his wife, Beryl, Jim is survived by three step-daughters: Susan Garrison and husband, Frank of Catawissa, Lorie Shadle and husband, Doyle of Bloomsburg, and Mary Millard of Lightstreet, seven step-grandchildren: Jeffery, Vanessa, Aerica, Alayna, Gregory, Evan, and Zeth, nine step-great-grandchildren, sister, Barbara, niece, Colleen, and nephew, Joseph. All are welcome to join Jim’s family at a viewing 10-11 AM Tuesday, April 24th at the Kelchner-McMichael-Baker Funeral Home, 119-121 E. 3rd St., Berwick. Jim’s funeral will follow at 11 AM. Pastor Mike Delp of Commonwealth Hospice will serve as the officiant. Burial will follow at Elan Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jim’s memory be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online messages of love and support can be left at www.kelchnerfuneralhome.com.