He was born Feb. 19, 1963, in Oswego Hospital Boyd and Donna (Gilbreath) Eichhorn. He grew up on the family farm east of Altamont and attended school in the USD 506 schools, graduating from Labette County High School in 1981.
Although he never practiced the profession, B.E. attended auctioneer school and was a licensed auctioneer. He was known for his skills and talent as a self-taught silversmith, producing thousands of bits, spurs, buckles and conchos.
B.E. was a soft-spoken, kind, loyal, humble, faithful and generous person. He has donated bits, spurs, buckles and more, too numerous to mention, as awards in many rodeos, ranch rodeos, youth rodeos, as well as silent benefit auctions. His bits can be found across the United States and can be found in the mouths of horses in the movies, and in multiple televised horse events. B.E. especially liked children and always wanted young cowboys and cowgirls to have the best bits, spurs and buckles available, inscribed on the back with his simple carved initials of BE. He was known on many occasions to give away the buckle right off the belt in the loop of the Wranglers he was wearing. His last act of generosity was demonstrated by the fact that he was an organ donor, and his wish to save the lives of others was honored. B.E. never preached from a pulpit, but his life was a sermon to be emulated. He will be missed greatly.
He was a member of Zion Hill Community Church, American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association and the National Cutting Horse Association.
B.E. is survived by his mother, Donna Eichhorn of Bartlett; a sister, Beth Conrad and her husband, Delbert, of Bartlett; two brothers; Brent Eichhorn of Pratt and Ben Eichhorn and his wife, Jennifer, of Bartlett; two nephews, Stetson Barney of Stillwater, Okla., and Brody Eichhorn of Bartlett; three nieces, Samantha Barney of Weatherford, Okla., Emily Eichhorn of Bartlett and Kaytelin Eichhorn of Miami, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his father Boyd Eichhorn.
Of great importance to B.E. were the many friends that he has left behind.
Pastor Charlie Kaupke will conduct a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Cheney Witt Chapel in Fort Scott. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery at Fort Scott. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. Monday until service time at the chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the B.E. Eichhorn Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, 66701.
Online condolences may be left at www.cheneywitt.com.