In Memory of






Obituary for Howard "Lucky" Luke Eissler, Jr.

Howard Luke Eissler, Jr., or known to most as, “Lucky,” enjoyed his last 5pm cocktail hour, tipping back his last Manhattan just days before his passing on 22 Nov 22. He passed peacefully in his sleep at the stirred, not shaken, age of 95.

Lucky is preceded in death by his parents Howard Sr. and Louise. He is survived by his loving wife Ann (married 61 years), and children Karean, Howard “Chip,” Bill, Annie, and Chip’s wife Christie. Luck has 4 grandchildren, Luke, Matthew, Nicholas, and Michael.

Howard garnered the name Lucky when the doctor placed him in the arms of his mother after a difficult delivery on 25 Aug 1927, the celebrated year that Lucky Lindy made his transatlantic crossing. He said, “Here’s your Lucky baby…” and the name stuck.

His luck never seemed to run out. After graduating from Bartram High School in Philadelphia, Lucky was drafted at the end of WWII into the Navy and served on USS Compton and USS Bristol earning a World War II Victory Medal and American Area Campaign Medal.

He returned safely from his service, graduated from Villanova University and he was lucky enough to find his love and partner in life Ann, with whom he shared a 61-year marriage.

He was an Investigator in the Federal Bureau of Investigations and PA State Security Exchange Commission until retiring at 80 years old.

Lucky enjoyed playing badminton and tennis well into his late 70’s. For many years, the team of Howard Eissler and Harold Miller stood at the top of senior doubles National and International Badminton rankings.

He was a proud member of the Lion’s Club, American Legion, and Power Squadron.

Dignified. Ethical. Wise. Thoughtful. Contemplative. Solid. Unassuming. Interested. Interesting. Always willing to learn. People who knew Lucky could recount numerous memories with these words.

The image of Lucky paddling away in the canoe on the lake, early in the morning is an easy well-known memory to many. As he goes further and further to the horizon and quietly fades from view, we realize the irony that we were the lucky ones for having had him in our lives.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3435 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, with Rev. Neil S. Sullivan as Celebrant. In addition to the mass, a celebration of Lucky's life, with a time for sharing memories and your favorite stories of Lucky, will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 3rd in the Community Room (Prosser Hall), in the Camp Hill Borough Building, 2145 Walnut St, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Camp Hill Lions Club P.O. Box 663, Camp Hill, PA 17011