Obituary: Janet K. Eichenberger, JAN. 20, 1948 — JULY 24, 2020

Janet K. Eichenberger
Posted: Jul. 28, 2020 9:00 am

Janet K. Eichenberger, 72, of Higginsville, Mo., formerly of Hannibal, died July 24, 2020, at home.

She was born January 20, 1948, in rural Texas County, Mo., to Estell and Louise (Alderson) Stark. 

She married Carl Rucker Jr. in 1962. They had three daughters. They later divorced and he preceded her in death.

While living in Hannibal, she met Dean Eichenberger. They married on February 14, 1979. Janet went back to school, earned her GED and became a registered respiratory therapist. She accepted a position as a traveling therapist. The job took them to Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania, Arizona and around Missouri. They settled back in Hannibal and she worked at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Mo. until her retirement. 

Janet loved quilting and was a great cook. She believed in making three meals a day. She and Dean were active in the Elk's Lodge and American Legion in Hannibal, attending dances and other social events.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Bentley; and brothers, Doyle, Darrell and Robert Stark. She is survived by her husband, Dean; daughters, Sherri Siegfried (Mike) of Higginsville, Mo.; Stephanie Williams of Moberly, Mo.; Maria McNair (Matt) of Monett, Mo.; son, Nathan Dunn (Debbie) of Glendale, Ariz.; sisters, Judy Haught of Hannibal and Carol Farrow of Moberly, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo.

Memorials are suggested to the Humane Society or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1972 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114, or they can be mailed to the funeral home, 1701 Main, Higginsville, MO 64037.

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