On April 11, 2018, Robert (Bob) Eilers, 85, of Lincoln Hill Lane, Jay N.Y., passed away at CVPH Medical Center, after a sudden brief illness. He was born Feb. 14, 1933, in NYC, son of Heinrich (Henry) and Rosina (Rose) Eilers, and grew up in Kisco Park, a great, tight-knit community in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. After high school he enlisted in the Army; was stationed in Fort Sill, Okla.; Ansbach, Germany; and Camp Edwards, Mass. He attended Paul Smith's College then worked for N.Y. Bell Telephone Co. In 1956 he married the love of his life, Betty (Betsy) Behling from Narrowsburg, N.Y. They had three children, Steve, Shari, and David. He loved the Adirondacks and bought property in Jay, N.Y., moving there in 1976. He worked for AuSable Telephone Company, Adirondack Communications, and Twinstate Communications. Before retiring he owned and operated "The Wurst Wagon" located at Spruce Hill, near Keene, N.Y. He was known by many for making the best Michigans and bratwurst, and love talking with his many customers. Bob was Deputy Grand Master of the Tahawus Masonic Lodge in AuSable Forks, and was founder, author and publisher of the Masonic Voice monthly newsletter. He served his community as a Shriner, school board member for AVCS, and on several boards for the Methodist Church in AuSable Forks, N.Y. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing, boating and camping. As he got older and could no longer hunt or fish, he loved to go for rides to photograph the animals and beautiful local landscapes.
His father died when Bob was 14 years old. He was also predeceased by his mother, and his wife Betsy. Survivors include his sister Ann (Steve) Blake of Indio, Calif.; son Steve (Debbie) Eilers of Morrisonville, N.Y.; daughter Sharon (Tom) Olmstead of Peru, N.Y.; son David (Ginny Trimarchi) Eilers of Glenmont, N.Y.; grandchildren: Phil St. Clair, Dan (Kristin) Eilers, Jaimie (Corey Collins) Olmstead, Ryan (Hillary) Eilers, Erica (Heidy Davis) Olmstead, Sarah Eilers; great-grandchildren: Jaedan Eilers, Breegin Eilers and Ryland Eilers; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on June 2, at First Assembly of God in Plattsburgh, N.Y., with a reception to follow at the same location.
Published on May 13, 2018