Erich Egli

July 19, 1928 - August 4, 2019

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Erich Egli, 91, of Madisonville, formerly of Owensboro, passed away with heavy hearts at 5:00 P.M. Sunday, August 4, 2019 at his home. He was born July 19, 1928 in Wil, Switzerland to the late Ernst and Hilda Scheidegger Egli. He came to the United States at the age of 23 with $100 and two suitcases. He knew about 12 words in English. Erich initially worked at his uncle’s cheese factory. He always found geology fascinating, so he decided to go to mining engineering school. He was highly regarded in his profession and worked as a consultant until he was 85 years old.

He was an incredibly intelligent man who had a kind and generous nature. He was fiercely independent but sadly, due to an unfortunate string of circumstances over the summer, he lost his independence completely. He never wanted to live that way, so about 10 days ago, he chose Hospice. His son Eric was blessed to be able to spend most of the summer at his father’s home and was honored to care of him over the last two weeks, along with his caregiver, Autumn . Erich just turned 91 several weeks ago and had a very good run. He will be missed.

Erich was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita Egli on November 22, 1994 and twin sisters, Elfreide Egli and Sylvia Stuber.

Surviving are his wife, Sallie, his son, Eric W. Egli of Paducah, two stepsons, Robert Quisenberry of Cummins, Georgia and Neil Quisenberry of Belleville, Illinois, three step grandchildren, and his special caregiver, Autumn Hayden of Crofton.

Services will be private. Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to “Operation Smile” ( Memories and condolences to the family of Erich Egli can be shared at

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