Earl J. Eckert
Earl J. Eckert, 89, of Wayne, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Wayne.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Laurel. The Rev. Dr. Dave York officiated. Burial with military honors was in the Concord Cemetery in Concord.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bressler – Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, NE.
Earl J. Eckert was born Sept. 29, 1928 at the family farm outside of Dixon, to William and Bernice (Swift) Eckert. In May of 1945 Earl graduated from the Dixon High School. On July 21, 1948 he married Wilma L. Albrektson at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Wakefield. The couple made their home near Dixon, where he farmed and operated a corn sheller. In January of 1952, he entered the United States Army and was deployed with the 96th AAA Battalion to Alaska, during the Korean War. Earl and Wilma lived in Alaska for over a year, while Earl was assigned to the motor pool and the mobile gun unit to move artillery guns in Alaska. After his time in the service, he returned home and farmed with his dad. He farmed for the rest of his life. Earl also worked for Dixon County for over 20 years as a heavy equipment operator.
In his spare time Earl restored IH crawlers and took them to many shows and parades. Earl never really retired — he was always active with the farm and always stayed in touch with his 96th AAA Battalion. Even though Earl was always busy, he always made time for his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Wilma L., of Wayne; daughters, Marilyn (David) Abts of Laurel and Anita Eckert of Laurel; sister, Norma Penlerick of Wayne; grandchildren, Angela Abts, Eric (Christy) Abts, Julie (Nick) Kvols, Jacob Eckert Fleischmann and Joshua Eckert Fleischmann; great grandchildren, Carter Kvols, Carlie Kvols, Claire Kvols, Ross Abts and Chayce Abts.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Wilma Jean Penlerick; brothers-in-law, Ronald Penlerick, LeRoy Penlerick and Earl Dean Leonard.