Joseph “Big Joe” Eiken
Joe was born Oct. 28, 1945 in Spring Grove to Joseph E. and Edna J. (Lund) Eiken. He attended Spring Grove High School. He was a lifelong area resident except for a short time that he farmed in Illinois. He was a member of the United States Army from 1965 to 1968, and was stationed in Germany. Joe married Linda Larson on Dec. 23, 1967 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester.
Joe farmed for many years; he owned a tavern, and for the last eight years he and his wife operated Big Joe’s Campground which he built and continued to plan projects for.
He is survived by his wife Linda of Dorchester, his son Joseph O. (Kelly) Eiken and their children Reilly, Olivia and Nora, and his daughters Tina (Darin) Kampschroer and their children, Payton, Dylan, and Sydie of Spring Grove, and Julianna (Patrick) Lile and their children Maggie and Madison also of Spring Grove; his sisters Audrey (Charles) Ellingson, Caledonia; Karen Kragness and Ron Meany, Spring Grove, and Lauren (Craig) Amdahl, Mabel; and his brother David (Renee) Eiken, Spring Grove and several nieces and nephews.He is also survived by his uncle Lee Lund, Stevens Point, Wis., and his aunt Helen Olson, Houston, Minn.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four babies in infancy and his nephew Jon Kragness.
Joe will be deeply missed by family and friends. His grandchildren will cherish the memories of times spent with Grandpa Joe at the campground, from fishing to campfires and riding around on his golf cart. Joe enjoyed visiting with campers and playing cards. He was a regular at the Spring Grove Lions sporting events.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester. Father Joseph Schneider will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Wed. from 4 to 7 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.