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 John J Eckley

John J Eckley

Ruthven, Palo Alto County, Iowa, USA
Death 20 Nov 2012 (aged 81)
Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA
Burial Mandan, Morton County, North Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 101361937 · View Source
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John J. Eckley, 81, Big Spring, Texas, died November 20, 2012 at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, south of Mandan, with military honors provided by the Minot Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 3:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Catholic Daughter's Rosary at 4:00 pm and Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

John was born on October 21, 1931 to Harvey and Dorothy (Johnson) Eckley in Ruthven, Iowa. He was educated in the Ruthven Public School and upon graduating from high school he was employed as a bookkeeper for Ruthven Elevator. John started his military career in the United States Air Force in April of 1951. On October 25, 1958 John married LaVerne Leingang, in St. Anthony, ND. During his time in the Air Force he was continually furthering his education. He attended the University of Maryland, Howard College and the University of Oklahoma.

During his 20 years in the USAF, John spent time in Air Defense Command, SAC, Tactical Air Command and Air Training Command as an instructor pilot in the T-38. John retired in 1971 with the rank of Major after 20 years of service to his country.

After his retirement from the Air Force, John was employed with the State of Texas in the employment field. Before John's lengthy illness he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and woodworking. These memories of John will be cherished. Those who knew him, saw him as a "Good Guy".

John will be deeply missed by his loving wife, LaVerne; son John "Michael" (Marianne), Lewisville, TX; grandchildren, Michael, Lewisville, TX, Adrianna, Fort Worth, TX and Katerina, Manhattan, KS.; sisters, Rosemary (David) Andersen, Minneapolis, MN and Marietta (Richard) Odell, Cottonwood, AZ.

John was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Gerald; his mother and father-in-law, Jack and Rose Leingang.

Memorials may be directed to the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery or St. Jude Hospital.

Source: Weigel Funeral & Cremation Services, Mandan

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