John Thomas Eyrich “Pops”, USAF Veteran, was born on an Indian Reservation in North Carolina as Harley Lew and was adopted by Earl and Mona Eyrich in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Anoka High School and joined the Airforce where he served in Turkey. He loved being a veteran and honored all military members. His legacy continued well after his career with multiple children and grandchildren joining the military. He made it a priority to prayed for them daily for advancement and protection. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Eyrich “Lovey” who he adored. He showered her with gifts even while in the hospital. He honored his two living mother-in-laws; Maxine Carsten of Minnesota and Shirley Keck of Arkansas. He was very proud of all of his children. He had 9 children and considered their spouses as his own. He saw his grandchildren as were precious additions to his life. The families that he poured into will forever miss his smile, joy, and words of wisdom: Deborah & Dean West and their 4 children (Chad, Deana, Rose & Carol); Jay & Debbie Eyrich (Ryan, Randy, Leanne, Deanna, & John Todd); Michele & Carl Gurr (Mitchell, Marshal, & Dakota); Jeff Eyrich (Jennifer & Joe); Timothy & Ruth Eyrich (Gabriel); Sharon & John Glenn (John Paul Glenn Jr, Hannah & Mondo Dias, Noah & Sierra Glenn, Titus & Brenda Glenn, Mary Wood, Timothy & Brianna Glenn, Matthew Glenn, Rebekah Glenn, Sarah Glenn, Jesse Glenn, Eva Glenn); Dawn & John Worley (Joshua, AJay, Heather & Justin) ; Jesse Eyrich; and Christopher Eyrich (Maria); and numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren.
John loved the outdoors where he worked and played. He enjoyed fishing with his children and friends. He liked being about his father’s business both in the church and by doing special things for his grandchildren. At a drop of a hat, he would make himself available to hang with the kiddies. He had special names for everyone (like: Twinkles, Bowman, Kid, Boy, Daughter, Winner, Cue-ball, Sonny Boy, etc.). Pops had a love like no other for Jesus Christ. He read his bible daily and was very proud to say that he had completed the whole thing at least 4 times. He has a great desire for everyone to study the word of God and to live a long and prosperous life. He only had one dream that was not fulfilled until he walked into Heaven; and that was to meet his biological mother. He was a very special man who is now walking on streets of Gold! He will be waiting in Heaven for all of us to see him again!
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