Frederick (Pepper) Earl Eisenhardt was born May 2, 1941 in Fargo, ND to Fred and Helen (Warner) Eisenhardt. He was raised in the Kelso, Grandin area. During his childhood, he helped his father on the farm, and with the Massey Ferguson and Behlen Steel businesses. He graduated from University Minnesota Northwest School of Agriculture High School in Crookston, MN where he was active in football and basketball. In 1961, he married Karen Johnson at First Presbyterian church in Fargo. Pepper attended NDSU and met lifelong friends while living in Bison Court.
He was employed with Alloway Manufacturing and then ventured in several career opportunities. He was on the board and coach for FM football, an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, and supporter of NDSU athletics. He was an active member of Hope Lutheran’s North Campus.
Pepper loved playing cards with his family and was very competitive in all events, including his golf games. He also was a great ballroom dancer. After retirement, Pepper was very active. He attended all grandchildren’s activities and Bison games. Pepper enjoyed playing golf and travelling. Breakfast, dinner, and evening meals with his special friends was his weekly entertainment after retirement.
Pepper is survived by his two children, Nicole (Tom) Odegard of Georgetown, MN; Kurt (Merideth) Eisenhardt, Hudsonville, MI; grandchildren Jacob Odegard, Jadyn Odegard (his favorite granddaughter), and Carter Eisenhardt; siblings, Tim Eisenhardt, Kelso, ND; Gale (Allan) Peterson, Dallas, TX; Lise (Brian) Waller, Wayzata, MN; nieces, nephews, and cousins; his best friend, Melvern Anderson and family; special friend, Joyce Gilbraith and family; and many other loved ones. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leah; and parents, Fred and Helen.