Monday, September 01, 2014

Eichners led by their hearts

By TAYLOR LAMAY, OU Student Correspondent | 2/10/2014

After being married 19 years, Kevin Eichner, Ottawa University president, and his wife, Marylin, said they still keep their spark alive by working and playing together.

The Eichners dated about four years before getting engaged. Meeting at work with the Gala for Young President’s Organization in St. Louis, Mo., they had their first date at the Botanical Gardens. Marylin said she was intrigued with Kevin’s interviewing techniques.  

After being married 19 years, Kevin Eichner, Ottawa University president, and his wife, Marylin, said they still keep their spark alive by working and playing together.

The Eichners dated about four years before getting engaged. Meeting at work with the Gala for Young President’s Organization in St. Louis, Mo., they had their first date at the Botanical Gardens. Marylin said she was intrigued with Kevin’s interviewing techniques.  

A highlight of the Eichners’ successful relationship was their ability to merge their families into one. Both Marylin and Kevin have children from previous marriages. Marylin’s sons, Andrew and Kyle, and Kevin’s son, Adam, joined together as a unit, making their family strong, they said.

How did he pop the question?

On Christmas Eve 1994, Kevin Eichner asked his son to give Marylin a gift — little did she know it was her engagement ring. Adam asked Marylin if she would marry his father and, of course, she said yes. Adam was the best man at their wedding, and her two sons walked Marylin down the aisle.

Kevin jokingly said he knew she was the one when she threatened to stop dating him if he didn’t marry her.

Other highlights of the Eichners’ marriage, they said, include building a business together, watching their three sons grow into accomplished young men as they successfully developed their families and careers, working at Ottawa University together and all the fun they have while traveling the world and engaging in interesting communities and work.

The Eichners said that to maintain a healthy marriage, they continue to have a growing appreciation for each other, their time together and mutual respect. It’s great to be lovers and best friends at the same time, they said.

In addition, having a best friend to share ideas and listen when struggling, never being alone or afraid, and having someone to snuggle with and laugh with you, but not at you, are the best parts of being married, they said.

Everyone has challenges when it comes to marriage. A challenge for the Eichners is to be patient and remember no two people think alike, and sometimes a person needs his or her own space.

When giving college students advice on marriage, the Eichners recommended taking time and not being in a hurry, they said, noting young people shouldn’t confuse physical attraction with true love.

Republished from The Campus, the student newspaper of Ottawa University.

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