John Lawrence Eisenbies. Loving husband, father, grandfather and master game player--passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Rex Hospital, after a sudden blood infection. John is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Serita (Weaver) Eisenbies; 3 sons: Christopher (Sandy and 3 children: Jonathan, Zachary, Natalie) of Carlisle, MA; Mark (Penelope and 2 children: Broden and Asher) of Syracuse, NY; and Stephen (Jenny and 2 children: Sophia and Nathan) of Livermore, CA; a half-sister: Patricia of Memphis, TN; a brother: Charles of Baltimore, MD; a cousin Margaret of Arlington Heights, IL; and a brother-in-law Noel in FL.
John was born November 19, 1937 to Albert Lawrence and Esther (Jokela) Eisenbies in Chicago, IL, the older of 2 children. He earned a Degree in Electrical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology and pursued graduate-studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before joining IBM. John and Serita came to Raleigh with the first wave of IBMers in 1965 and never left. In the course of reaching Senior Technical Staff, he developed several computer designs and patents. He was a valued, creative, and dedicated man.
Since 1965, John was a faithful attendee and member of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon, committee lead, elder, and trustee. He helped launch Wheels4Hope “Recycling Cars, Changing Lives” with other founding members from WRPC. John was dedicated to continual, quiet service, and felt God led him on a special journey in each opportunity.
He was happiest visiting his 7 grandkids, with 48 straight years of Holden Beach family trips. He valued his time with friends at the Raleigh Racquet Club playing tennis, as a long-time member. He loved fixing things. He was fond of saying “I can fix anything but a broken heart and I can do a pretty good job of that.” His newest interest was the Raleigh Investment Club with many new-found friends. He was a voracious card player and loved all board games--intensely dedicated to winning the perfectly-played game, and lovingly competing within the fellowship of family.
John had a special appreciation for his Finnish heritage, and was proud of his “Sisu” (the Finnish trait for courage, persistence, dependability, and yes: stubbornness & frugality). During loud, chaotic card games he’d often ask, in Finnish, “What is causing all these sparks to fly?” We will dearly miss his physical and spiritual presence and sound advice for his sons—but we are confident that he is with God: free, safe, and looking on with great pride as his family comes together to mourn, and then rallies to celebrate the abundance in life.
A memorial service is on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2:00 PM at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne St, with the Reverend Lori Pistor officiating. A reception immediately follows in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Raleigh Presbyterian Church or Wheels4Hope (929 S Saunders St, Raleigh, NC 27603 · 919-832-1941).