Edward Ralph Eckerle, 70, of Lake Leelanau, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at home while surrounded by his family and friends.
Ed was born on Aug. 21, 1947 in Traverse City the son of Ferdinand and Mary Ann (Wahl) Eckerle. On June 24, 1995 in Lake Leelanau, he married Donna Dunklow, who survives.
Ed graduated from Suttons Bay High School and served in the U.S. Army.
He then became a deputy and K-9 handler for his beloved dog, Chico, for the Leelanau County Sheriff's Department and retired after 25 years of service. After retirement he re-established Eckerle Construction, doing numerous jobs for family and friends.
Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to golf (quarters), enjoyed traveling and was co-owner of the 8-Ball club in Curtis.
In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by his siblings, Alice (Jim) Cunningham, Albert (Liz Venie), James (Shirley) and Thomas Eckerle; many nieces and nephews; and in-laws, Bill (Annie) Dunklow, Sue (Richard) Plamondon, Dave (Joan) Dunklow, Ron (Debbie) Dunklow, Gerry (Shirley) Dunklow, Sandi (Terry) Gilland, Lori (Wayne) Kilway and Jeff (Angie) Dunklow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Gerald; and sister-in-law, Bernadette "Bernie" Eckerle.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. to the start of the 6:30 p.m. rosary recitation, at Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay. The memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m., with family greeting friends one hour prior to the Mass, at St. Michael's Church, Suttons Bay. Fr. Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant. Private interment at St. Michael's Cemetery will be held in the spring.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Angie and the staff at Munson Oncology D5 as well as to Dr. Word and the staff at CFCC and Hospice of Michigan, especially Tonya, Ashley, and Shelley for their wonderful care of Ed.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Highway, Traverse City, MI 49686 and/or Munson Oncology, c/o, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684 and/or to St. Michael's Church, PO Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
Condolences and memories may be shared with Ed's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on February 6, 2018