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Erich Aichwalder

"But I love you in a place where there's no space or time I've loved you for my life, yes, you're a friend of mine And when my life is over, remember when we were together"

April 14, 1950 a Scottish lad was born in Edinburgh, Scotland; Erich Mackay Aichwalder, the cherished son to Eric Johann and Dolina Barbara Aichwalder. As a young boy, Erich and his family immigrated to Canada, later Florida, eventually putting roots in Davis, California, a place his parents called "the finest place in the world."

A 1968 graduate of Davis Senior High School, Erich went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from Fresno State University.

Destiny led Erich to rent a room in a house where he met a red-headed freckle- faced beauty, Aletha, who would become the love of his life; and this is where their adventure began.

Erich and Aletha wed on June 1, 1974 at the Veteran's Memorial Center in Davis, CA. Intent on travelling, they packed up a Hornet and began a journey across the United States, searching for a place they'd like to call home. After weeks on the road, they came full circle and realized that Davis was where they'd make their forever home.

With unmeasurable work ethic, tireless drive and astute business intelligence, Erich turned a small home-based business into a regionally acclaimed landscape corporation, Ike's Landscape, Inc.

Erich lived in Davis for over 50 years, but had a zest for adventure; fly fishing in Talatui, BC, Italian villas, Parisian apartments, live music, fine food and finer wine, Erich with his bride by his side, never denied himself pleasure.

A new sparkle gleaned in Erich's eyes when he welcomed his twin grandsons, Colton Erich and Beau Jeffrey in 2010, later joined by a third grandson Korbyn Jonathan in 2011. There was never a Grandpa more proud or a Grandpa with more stashes of candy than Erich. Grandpa introduced his "boys" to everything he enjoyed; tractor rides, wildlife safaris and fishing, to name a few. Each moment was a blessing, and their time together was cut much too short.

Erich is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Aletha, daughter Erica (Jeff Barclift), son Derric, daughter Alexis (Steve Sinclair) and his sister Della Thompson (Blake Jessen). Grandchildren who brought more joy than one can imagine; Nate, Colton and Beau Barclift, Korbyn Aichwalder-Allmang, and Steven 'Bubba' and Lizzy Sinclair. Erich leaves behind a large extended family and a social network that knew no bounds.

The family invites you to join them in honoring the life of Erich, Thursday, February 16, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM at the Davis Cemetery, 802 Pole Line Road; followed by a Celebration of Life commencing at 11:30 AM at the Veteran's Memorial Center, 203 W. 14th Street, Davis, CA.

Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at: www.smith-funerals.com

Previous Events

Thursday, February 16, 2017
10:00 AM
Davis Cemetery

820 Pole Line Road
Davis, CA 95618

Celebration of Life
Thursday, February 16, 2017
11:30 AM
Veteran's Memorial Center

203 W. 14th Street
Davis, CA 95616

Cemetery Details


Davis Cemetery

820 Pole Line Road
Davis, CA 95618

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To his family, from his Canadian family, we are so sorry for your loss. I first met Erich in 1977 when his Uncle Helmut brought his family to California for a month long visit...Patti, Liana, and Diane

Patti Aichwalder Apr 1 2017 12:00 AM

John and Marianne DeRonde offer their heartfelt condolences.

Jb Carpenter Feb 19 2017 12:00 AM

Erich was a good man and I enjoyed talking with him about the trials and tribulations of running a business. He was fair and had a good nature about him. It was a pleasure to be part of the team with him completing many housing projects. Take solace family that he really has left a legacy not only in his work but in all of you! Regards, Jon Olivieri O O

Jon Olivieri Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

Erica and Jeff, so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He passed way to young. His grand children will forever remember their time with him and you and your siblings will remember all the good times. Our heart goes out to all of you. Love Chuck and Ann Leamon

ann Leamon Feb 16 2017 12:00 AM

We would like to express our sincere prayers and thoughts for your loss. We remember many times we shared jokes and funny times with your entire family. John and Penne Sleuter

Penne Sleuter Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

Reminding those whom you support that your thoughts are with them.

Tribute Store Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

I am truly blessed to have worked with Erich for many, many years. You are a wonderfully loyal friend and client. I will miss your unique sense of humor and your charming laugh. You made my working days a pleasure. The beautiful landscapes you created leave a lasting legacy. I am honored to say, you are a friend of mine. Forever in my heart. Melanie Jones

Melanie Jones Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Patti and Pat Taylor

Patti Taylor Feb 15 2017 12:00 AM

Erica, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Jen Ard

Jennifer Ard Feb 14 2017 12:00 AM

Aletha, I'm dreadfully sorry. You and Erich have meant so much to my brother Bob through all these years. Thank you so much for being his second family. My thoughts are with you. Larry Haun

Lawrence Haun Feb 12 2017 12:00 AM

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