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“I've shared alot of good moments with "Granpa States" He'll be missed bigtime from our family. God Bless! ”
1 of 49 | Posted by: Manny and Alice Quichocho - FL

“Grandpa States...that's what we always called him. I will miss you; but I will remember you always. I will remember how you took so much pride in...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Jennice Eckert - Ipan-Talofofo, GU

“I know how hard it must be now for all who knew and loved Mr. Eckert. A sense of stability is loss when a parent passes. Know that your loss is...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Louis Segovia - Chicago, IL

“Bill: ~~So very sorry to hear about your Dad Don. What a truly awesome individual. Was great to see you and fellow DWS'ers at the 2005 reunion (I...Read More »
4 of 49 | Posted by: Anthony La Russo - New York, NY

“Mary and Family, We are so saddend for your lose. Don was very special to me. Our prayers are with you. May Gods grace be with you and yours. ”
5 of 49 | Posted by: John and Myrna Kirnberger - IL

“We have many happy memories of "Granda pa Don Eckert" of his time with us here on Guam. He carried his video camera, a smile and sincere word where...Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: Richard & Jenneth Quiambao - GU

“Donald Eckert Family Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to your family at this very difficult time in your life. I had the pleasure of being a Officer...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Thomas and Mary Lee - FL

“My deepest condolences to the whole family, and all who knew him. He seemed to live his life with honor and purpose. There should be greaty joy now,...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Dan and Maddie Stratton - NY

“Dear Eckert Family, We were very saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your Dad will now...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Diane and Linda Sinkule - FL

“With Duty, There is Honor! ”
10 of 49 | Posted by: Rock Co. Sheriff's Office Honor Guard - WI

“Dear Mary and the Eckert family, There are so many memories of your family and the Campbells and the Olmsteads and how they all entertwined as...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Carol Campbell - Estero, FL

“Mary and Family, I always looked forward to seeing you and Don-two of my favorite people. My past career was more than just that; you all were...Read More »
12 of 49 | Posted by: Laura Cook - janesville, WI

“Dear Friends: We are very sorry to hear of your loss. I still remember the days your father would drive me back to the seminary after a family...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: The Leonards - Patton, MO

“Sorry to hear about your father Don. Hello Tessie, I hope you two remember me from D.W.C. I used to be the drummer at D>W>C> ”
14 of 49 | Posted by: patrick journet - Pitsburgh, PA

“Ken and I were saddened to hear of Don's passing. Although it's been many years since we moved from Janesville, Don and his family remain in our...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Barbara Schultz - Hartford, WI

“To: Eckert Family co/ Bill & Don May God Bless your family and please know that your friendship of long ago at Divine Word and in Janesville...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Bob Becker - Chicago, IL

“To the family of Don Eckert, Condolences to one and all. May his memory and love be felt for many generations to come. Each of you will be...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: Dan Kadolph - South Elgin, IL

“To the whole Eckert Family and relatives, our prayers and thoughts are with you always. Mr. Eckert always reminded me of my father. He will be deeply...Read More »
18 of 49 | Posted by: Henry Perez - Chicago, IL

“Dear Eckert Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Eckert was a very good man who raised a wonderful family I am proud to know and to have...Read More »
19 of 49 | Posted by: Frank Sinkule (Jr.) - Louisville, CO

“We have such fond memories of Grandpa States. We will miss him dearly. We thank God for him and for the way he touched our lives. He loved us and...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Ray & Arlene Quiambao - GU

“To all of you - I have many fond memories of times at your family's house and of your dad. There was always a lot of laughter and love at your...Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: Kerry Oliver - Burnsville, MN

“Don & Bill, I remember your dad from our days at East Troy. He made sure all the guys, especially the ones that didn't live as close, were part of...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Gregg Robinson - St. Louis, MO

“Annie, I'm so very sorry to hear about your father. Our heartfelt symphathy to you and your family. We both have lost loved ones in recent days but...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Jeff & Sally Keena - Janesville, WI

“Theresa and Family - I just want to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
24 of 49 | Posted by: Jill Thiede - Green Bay, WI

“ANN & FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR DAD'S PASSING. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE MAN AND WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY HE & MARY RAISED. MY PRAYERS ARE...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: JENNY BIANES - JANESVILLE, WI

“Don was our friend in the truest meaning of the word. We will miss him. ”
26 of 49 | Posted by: Agnes and Bob O'Neill - WI

“I so wish that your two great grandsons could have been able to get to know the remarkable man that you were. Rest assured though, through the...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Reyz Romo - Greenville, SC

“On behalf of Harvest Ministries as well as Tami and I, I want to pass on our love and appreciation for Don Eckert. His gentleness mixed with his...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Pastor Marty Herron - Barrigada, GU

“Grandpa States will surely be missed by all the Quiambao family members; he was and always will be a big part of our family. We, and the people of...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: Vincent, Mary & Jacob Perez - GU

“Grandpa States was so loved by us on Guam. We will miss his gentle spirit and ready smile. Although we do realize that he is resting with his Savior...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: John & Ana Aguon - Barrigada, GU

“Guam will dearly miss Grandpa States or, as he would sometimes say, "the real Don Eckert". He loved Guam and her people, and we loved him. He loved...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Tessie Eckert - Ipan Talofofo, GU

“My condolences to the Eckert family. Years ago I was Don's English teacher and in later years some of the Eckert children were in my classes at...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Joan Cook - Eau Claire, WI

“To Ann, Brock, Bailey and the entire Eckert family, we were so saddened and surprised to hear of your Dad's and Grandpa's passing. What a lovely...Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: Joni Maresch - Janesville, WI

“I'm so sorry for the loss a husband and father. Don's now out of pain and watching over his large family. I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Nancy Sarow - Janesville, WI

“Don you touched and enriched our lives by your presence. The twinkle in your eye and zest for living.You lived for Christ and served Him well. Go in...Read More »
35 of 49 | Posted by: Elli Olmstead - Janesville, WI

“So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. We will keep your family in our hearts & prayers. We are here for you when ever needed. All our Love,...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Jane Ries - Lomira, WI

“Don is a Special Friend and I will miss him dearly. He now sees God face to face. ”
37 of 49 | Posted by: John McGuire - St. Louis, MO

“Condolences with love and caring to Mary and family. I first met both of you at Parkside. I always felt both of you were kind caring people. I'm so...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: Ruth Bilz - Phillips, WI

“don and mary are some of my favorite people ever. parkside was greatly blessed to have don under roof for some time. i have many fond memories of...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: patricia igoe - janesville, WI

“don and mary are some of my favorite people ever. parkside was greatly blessed to have don under roof for some time. i have many fond memories of...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: patricia igoe - janesville, WI

“We share your sadness at Don's passing and yet rejoice with you that your Dad, Grandpa and Husband has found the narrow gate he sought so faithfully...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Teresa & Ron Smithrud and Family - WI

“Remembering you and your family in our prayers. You will be missed. ”
42 of 49 | Posted by: Brad Eckert - Fort Wayne, IN

“When I was just a child, I would walk into the Eckert's home and Don would always stop what he was doing and acknowledge me, He would make me laugh...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Jeff DeWitt - Janesville, WI

“Don touched my life 20yrs. ago while I was at parkside. Thank-you Don for your help. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
44 of 49 | Posted by: Ken Richards - Oshkosh, WI

“Mr. Eckert was one of the kindest, most sincere, and honest men I have ever met. He was a wonderful role model for me and for so many others. My...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Kasey DeWitt - Madison, WI

“Remembering you and your family in our prayers. ”
46 of 49 | Posted by: Nancy Hagen Edmundson - WI

“The world has lost a man who was always a great positive influence to all who met him. I have always thought of Mr. Eckert as my other father. I...Read More »
47 of 49 | Posted by: David D. DeWitt - Rauenberg

“Dad, Ever since I can remember, you've shared your love for Jesus with our family and with everyone you met. You are now where you've waited your...Read More »
48 of 49 | Posted by: Ann Eckert-Bennett - Janesville, WI

“Don Sr. died in the same manner that he lived--with dignity and respect. He was so proud of all of his kids and he knew that he was also blessed to...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: Denny Luster - Janesville, WI


JANESVILLE--- Donald J. Eckert, age 74, of Janesville, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Janesville on Jan. 14, 1935, the son of Charles "Chick" and Esther (Johnson) Eckert. Don was a top wrestler in high school and a member of the first team in Janesville. Reading the Bible as a teen led to studies and 6 years teaching in Beloit. Music was always a part of his life and shortly after his marriage to Mary L. Ardelt on Aug. 4, 1956, in Whitewater, he wrote a song titled, "I'm floating on a Cloud" for his beloved Mary. He was employed at General Motors for a few years, then as a Police Officer for the City of Janesville for 23 years, and 10 years in the field of Drug and Alcohol treatment. Don was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. His term as President of the Blackhawk Golden K Kiwanis Club was important to his personal growth. He designed and maintained the club's website and was later editor of the Club Newsletter, receiving the prestigious Hixon Award. Don loved to travel with Mary and alone. They enjoyed cruises and trips to the Island of Guam. At the end of one trip he was called into the Governor's office to receive "the Ancient Order of the Chamorro" for his promotion of Guam wherever he traveled. He spent many silent retreats at the "White House" in St. Louis and at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh. Heart and lung disease and prostate cancer slowed him down, but could not stop his enthusiasm for life. He is survived by his wife, Mary; 8 children: Don (Tessie) Eckert Jr. of Guam, Dick (Mary) Eckert of Green Bay, Bill (Mary) Eckert, Tom (Amy) Eckert, Ann Bennett, Mary (Jim "Boz") Bosben all of Janesville, Theresa (Eric) Guelker of Sun Prairie, Mike (Amy) Eckert of Milton; 22 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a brother, Galen (Patricia) Eckert of Pittsburgh, PA; a sister, DeeAnn (John) Martin of Canton, MI; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant child, Francs; and son-in-law, Rusty Bennett. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH with Rev. Stephen J. Umhoefer, Rev. Randy Timmerman, Rev. William Nolan, and Rev. Tony Clark S.V.D. concelebrating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME where a scripture service will take place at 7:00 p.m. Fr. Dave Timmerman will officiate. Memorials may be made to Pro-Life Wisconsin or ECHO. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Robert Cook and Dr. Sanford Carimi and to the nurses and staff of Mercy Assisted Care Hospice, especially Pam Koker for the loving care given to Don. Don met Mary on Dec. 7, 1953 at 9:05 p.m. For over 50 years she was 2nd in his life; Jesus was first.

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