Memorial Highway Honors Perry County Fallen Soldier


By Stephanie Tyrpak

PINCKNEYVILLE -- A stretch of Perry County highway has a new name in honor of a fallen soldier.


26-year-old Wyatt Eisenhauer of Pinckneyville was killed in 2005 while serving in Iraq. On Thursday, Pinckneyville officially dedicated a section of Route 127 as the PFC Wyatt Eisenhauer Memorial Highway.


Representative Jerry Costello II  says his office was contacted earlier this year about the project. The idea was passed by lawmakers in November.


Wyatt's parents, Fred and Gay Eisenhauer, call the sign dedication a humbling experience.


"It was pretty exciting," said Gay Eisenhauer. "And Wyatt would be embarrassed, but yet he would be proud of the fact of his service." 


Other sponsors to the bill, State Representative Mike Bost and State Senator Dave Luechtefeld at the ceremony. U.S. Representative Bill Enyart also shared his thoughts.


The memorial highway covers the part of 127 from about five miles south of Pinckneyville to the north side of the city limit.

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