David R. Eis
May 13, 1939 - August 20, 2009
David died August 20, 2009, at the age of 70. He died at home in Elkhart with his wife Karen next to him.
David was born May 13, 1939, to Earl E. and Mildred (Fross) Eis in Pittsburgh, Ind. He worked as a young boy for his father in his cement block factory. He was called by his church into the ministry at the age of 17 and graduated from Delphi High School in Delphi.
After high school he preached for several years. Dave worked as a houseparent in an orphanage in Seward, Alaska, for two years in the early 1960s. He graduated from Manchester College with a degree in elementary education. He taught fifth grade in North Manchester for several years. Dave was a tennis coach at Manchester High School during this period. Playing tennis and golf were among his favorite pastimes.
He graduated from St. Francis University in 1972 with a master's degree in science/sociology. Dave was director of welfare in Wabash County and with Prison Reform Advocate through PACE prior to receiving his master's of divinity degree from Bethany Seminary in Chicago.
Dave pastored at Church of the Brethren churches throughout Indiana. From 1995 to 1999, he and his wife, Karen, lived on site and ran a homeless shelter with the Salvation Army, where he was also the director of social services. Together they worked with street youth in Fort Wayne. In the past, they were involved with cooperative disaster child care and disaster work through the Church of the Brethren.
Ten years ago he and Karen moved to Heaton Lake, where he enjoyed gardening, fishing and watching wildlife. He was the pastor of Syracuse Church of the Brethren until illness forced him to retire in June 2007. He was a member of Creekside Church of the Brethren.
David married Karen (Shockey) on June 17, 1995, in Lafayette at the Salvation Army. She survives, along with two sons, Mike (Connie) Eis of North Manchester, and Ben (Amber) Dyson of Indianapolis; one step-son, David (Julie) Dyson of Macy. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.
Dave was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Maria Jean, an infant sister, Betty, and his parents.
There was no viewing or funeral, but a celebration of David's life will be decided at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Northern Indiana District Office of the Church of the Brethren in Nappanee, the Salvation Army, or the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care of Elkhart.
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