Stephen E. Eissler was born on September 5, 1950 to Edward Eissler and JoAnne (Checkley) in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania. We lost this legend on December 11, 2023.
Steve lived most of his adult life in Central Florida but his love for travel and new experiences took him
through most of the US, to Central America, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Europe and several tropical islands.
In the mid-1990’s he purchased several acres along the Withlachochee River in Inverness where he built
a beautiful house in the woods and married the love of his life, Linda Cloyed Prather. The bond they
shared and their love for animals & the sounds of nature, brought Steve great peace of mind.
Steve used his hands for many talents-woodworking, stone masonry, painting and building things were a
few of his vast talents. With great skill and precision, he stood tall and took great pride in his work.
He was full of charm and wit, always interesting to talk to and one of the most handsome men in the
room. He took pride in teaching his daughter, Starr, about the true meaning of life, subtle things to
watch for, the importance of nature and taking care of the environment. He was able to begin these
lessons with his grandson, Hawk, who will carry on his Pappy’s knowledge and love for nature.
Steve loved to meet new people and always had a special place in his heart for the elderly and children.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Linda, his daughter-Starr Dill, son in law Billy Dill and grandson,
Hawken of Manhattan Beach, California. His stepdaughter and son in law, Krista and David McNurlen of
LeClaire, Iowa. Sister and brother in law ,Kathy + Bob Harrison of Sorrento, FL and his brother and sister
in law-Paul and Cathy Eissler of Clermont, Florida, his half sister, Christine of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and
his Aunt Charlotte Hanna of Litiz, Pennsylvania, along with many friends, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his youngest brother, Jeffrey Eissler.
Steve’s final resting place will be at the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery in Gainesville, Florida.