DeWayne Eisenbarth

1950 - 2014


DeWayne Eisenbarth

June 1, 1950 — March 14, 2014

DeWayne Edwin Eisenbarth, 63, passed away March 14, 2014, at his home in Ridgefield, Wash., surrounded by his family. He was born June 1, 1950, in Bismarck, N.D., to Reuben and Ruth Eisenbarth. He lived at the family farm in Hazelton, N.D., until he was 12 years old. He then moved to Missoula, Mont., with his mother after his parents divorced. He graduated from Sentinel High School in 1968. Later moving to Walla Walla to raise his family and then to Ridgefield.

DeWayne began working for the railroad in 1972, first for the Milwaukee Railroad as a trainman in Montana and later moving to Walla Walla to work as an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad until retirement. In fact, as he took his last breaths, a train whistle sounded through an open window — a fitting send off for a proud railroad man. He enjoyed farming, raising his own beef and gardening. He especially enjoyed growing corn and sharing it with friends. Old Chevy cars, real estate and rodeos brought him enjoyment. He was a Christian man with a deep love for the Lord. He spent many years studying the Bible on his own and in Bible study groups. He quoted this Scripture many times while in the hospital. “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; daughter, Amy (Josh) Vanderzanden; sons, Eric (Sabrina) and Aaron; grandchildren, Eric Jr., Breanna, Julia, Diedrich, Gavin and Christien; sisters, Sandra, Arlene and Karen; and brothers, Darwin, Arneil and Lorrie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Karleen.

Forever in our hearts.

Viewing will be Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 1-7 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, College Place, followed by the funeral service at 3 p.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 628 Lincoln St, Walla Walla. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations be made to the following organizations: National Brain Tumor Society or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at


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