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Lawrence Eidenschink

Aug. 28, 1926-April 28, 2010

Detroit Lakes native Lawrence "Louie" Eidenschink, 83, of Monona, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at the William S. Middleton Veteran's Administration Hospital in Madison.

Louie was born the son of Catherine and George Eidenschink on August 28, 1926, in Detroit Lakes, Minn., where he grew up. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

Louie married Hazel (Moan) Dobson on April 1, 1967. After his service in the war, his career path led him to the silo business, where he worked for many years with Madison and Kast-Rite Silos. He later worked for Academy Welding in the 1990s.

Louie was a member of the VFW Post 7591, Kayra Club, the Monona Rhythm Band and was an active member of Monona United Methodist Church. He always wore a smile on his face and was well-loved by everyone who knew him. Many people remember him as "Boxcar Louie" while singing and playing his guitar. He loved dancing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

In his younger years Louie was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed golfing, and curling with the Madison Curling Club.

Surviving Louie are his children, Lynn (Kelly) Bird, Martin (Linda) Dobson, Gary (Jean) Dobson, and Catherine (David) Ohm; grandchildren, Chris (Traci) Pink, Charlie Pink, Corey, Lauren, Calvin, Sean and Maddy Dobson, and Elizabeth Ohm; great grandson, Henry Pink; sisters, Marcella Eberhardt and Clara (Lloyd) Schoenberger; brother, Norbert Eidenschink; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Hazel; daughter, Shelley Dobson; and eight brothers and sisters. The family wishes to thank Mary Zeimet for the care and companionship she gave Louie during the last several years of his life.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 3 at Gunderson East Funeral Home in Madison. Burial was at Highland Memory Gardens.