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Gary Eckels Murray

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:41 a.m. CST

Gary Eckels, 74, of Murray died March 31, 2014.

Services were 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Rev. J.R. Wheeler officiated. Interment was in Murray Cemetery. Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Murray School Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Gary James Eckels, son of Gertrude Clara (Halm) and James Starr Eckels, was born April 25, 1939, in Shannon City.

Gary grew up in the Thayer area. After graduation from high school, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo. While there, he worked on the Honest John Missile.

On Jan. 6, 1963, Gary married Loretta Anna Knoll in Loveland, Colo. They moved to a farm near Murray.

Gary was a farmer.

Gary was a member of Clarke County Old Iron Club, Clarke County Cattlemen’s Association and a former member of Murray Lions Club and Clarke County Fair Board. Gary was a longtime and active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and had served many years as an elder.

Gary leaves is survived by his children, Mike (Jodee) Eckels of Murray, Susan (Rick) Johnson of Norwalk and Andy (Chandra) Eckels of Murray; grandchildren, Katie (Brian) Jennett of Iowa City, Darin (Ashleigh Neal) Eckels of Murray, Corey Eckels of Murray, Elyse and Cole Rice and Marcus and Rachel Johnson, all of Norwalk, and Addison, Rileanna and Trevor Eckels, all of Murray; sisters, Carol Jean (Jay) Edwards of Colorado and Dorothy Ann Vert and Maxine (Jack) Kilpatrick, all of Lorimor; sisters-in-law, June Steele of Colorado and Nadine Meyer of Ill.; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother Stephen Eckels; parents-in-law, Rudolph and Norma Knoll; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Vert, Kenny Goeltl, Pat Steele and Vic Meyer.

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