|Birth: ||Feb. 25, 1966|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 1975|
St. Louis County
Daughter of Frank Eckmam and Shirley Minter-Eckman-Pesola.
The following death notice was in the Duluth, Minnesota, News Tribune.
David Eckman 5, Tami Eckman 9 and Kimberly Eckman 13, children of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Eckman owners and operators of the Breezy Point Lodge, Island Lake died early Sunday when a fire destroyed the lodge and the attached living quarters.
They were born in Cloquet, David was in kindergarten at the Homecroft School, Tami was in fourth grade at the Gresen School and Kimberly was in eighth grade at Washington Junior High School.
Surviving besides their parents are their maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bertil Hunter Cotton and paternal grandmother, Mrs Lillian Eckman, Esko.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Bell Brother Funeral Home Duluth.
The Obituaries of Kimberly Jo., Tami Lynn and David F. Eckman were in the Duluth, Minnesota, News Tribune, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1975 and reads as follows:
Tami Lynn Eckman, age 9, residing at Rt. 4 Box 522, Duluth. Services Wednesday 11am at Bell Brothers Chapel, Rev M W Magus officiating. Internment Hillside Cemetery Carlton. Visitation after 5pm Tuesday.
(Note: Frank Eckman is the son of Julian Dutcher & Ruby Eckman. Frank was raised by his grandmother, Lillian Eckman, taking her last name. Also look under, Dutcher)
The following story was in the Duluth News Tribune, Monday, Dec. 29, 1975.
6 KILLED IN BLAZE AT ISLAND LAKE
For children and two adults died early Sunday when fire destroyed the building in which the were sleeping at Island Lake about 15 miles north of Duluth.
The victims were identified as:
Kimberly Eckman, 13
Tami Eckman, 9
David Eckman, 5
Robert Frankfourth, 39
Karon Frankfourth, 32
Brenda Frankfourth, 12
The Eckmans were the children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eckman, who operated the Breezy Point Resort where the fire occurred. They were being cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Frankfourth of 9758 N. Cloquet Road while their parents were snowmobiling.
St. Louis County Corner Cycil M. Smith said all the victims apparently suffocated in their sleep before the flames reached them.
Joe Tarnpwski, chief of the Gresen Township Volunteer Fire Department, said he received the fire call about 3 a.m. when he arrived at the lodge 10 or 12 minutes later, "the walls and roof were down already."
"We got the call awful late." Tarnowski said. "The fire may have started at 12:00 or 12:30."
Gresen Constable Ronald Shaw said he was at his home about five miles away when he noticed a red glow in the sky about 2:30 a.m.
The one-story log and wood-frame building, about 50 feet by 60 feet, had collapsed before he arrived, Shaw said.
Several persons, including the Eckmans and two vacationing Twin Cities firefighters, were at the site. One person who tried to enter the before it collapsed had been driven back and burned on the face, Shaw said. He would not identify the would be rescuer.
Firefighters and St. Louis County sheriff's deputies said Sunday they believe the fire started in a bar at the opsite end of the building from where the victims were sleeping.
The last place to go was the sleeping quarters, Capt. William Evens of the sheriff's office said. They were dead before the fire hit them. They seemed to be in a relaxed position on their beds, in a normal sleeping position.
The corner said the bodies were burned beyond recognition. He said he made identification only by size. Autopsies were to be performed.
The Eckmans were taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth to be treated for shock.
The Frankfourths had a son who was Staying with his grandparents Saturday night.
Arnold Johnson of Moose Lake, a Deputy state fire Marshall who inspected the scene Sunday, also said the fire apparently began in the bar area. He said it may never be possible to determine the cause of the Blaze.
Frank Eckman (1943 - 2004)
Shirley Jean Munter Eckman-Pesola (1943 - 1996)
Kimberly Jo Eckman (1962 - 1975)*
Tami Lynn Eckman (1966 - 1975)
David Frank Eckman (1970 - 1975)*
Created by: LAlcott - MN
Record added: Sep 04, 2005
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