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Charles W. Eckert, 73 of Joy, IL died Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation is 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at Fippinger’s where memorials may be left to the Joy Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
He was born November 20, 1942 in Moline, IL to Victor and Helen Nyberg Eckert. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1960. On November 2, 1963, Charles married Carita Rhodenbaugh at the Swedona Lutheran Church.
Charles farmed for many years and was briefly employed at John Deere in Moline. He was then employed as an ironworker for over 30 years, retiring as a construction superintendent with Tectonic Design Build in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Charles retired in 2010.
He was of the Baptist faith. Charles loved to fish and enjoyed Iowa Hawkeye sports, rodeo and especially spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Carita; two daughters, Marci (Todd) Goulette of West Liberty, Iowa; Heidi (Jon) Melvin of Clinton, Iowa; one son, Shane (Gina) Eckert of Washington, Missouri; 7 grandchildren, Dallas, Olivia, Ethan, Adam, Jackson, Grant and Beau; two sisters, Anita Neaville of Davenport, Iowa; Frances Bent of Dunlap, Illinois; two brothers, Dennis Eckert of Aledo; Kevin Eckert of Dunlap; several nieces, nephews and one cousin, Donald Lee Johnson of Aledo.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Eula Jean Diehl.
Joy Community Fire District
US Hwy. 17, Joy IL 61260
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