Delbert Ecklund, 82Delbert "Del" S. Ecklund, 82, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
Delbert "Del" S. Ecklund, 82, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the River Falls Area Hospital.
Del was born on Dec. 27, 1929, in Ellsworth, the son of Elmer and Vera (Wahl) Ecklund. He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School and later Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Del served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He married JoAn Burns on Oct. 11, 1952, at Salem Covenant Church, Minneapolis. Del was the owner of D & G Concrete, Inc., for many years in Minnetonka, Minn.
He loved to farm, fish, collect and restore antique tractors, and build his own tractors and snowmobiles. Working with hydraulics was his specialty, along with the mechanical ability to fix virtually anything.
Del was a member of Zion Covenant Church, Ellsworth.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, JoAn, Ellsworth; three children: Sherry (Doug) Swanson, Excelsior, Minn.; Scott (Alison) Ecklund, Brandon, S.D.; Wendy (Bill) Janssen, Ellsworth; nine grandchildren, Matt (Jen) Swanson, Adam Swanson, Ashleigh (Jeremy) Roemen, Erika (Mike) Boen, Scotty Ecklund, Court Ecklund, Blake Bates, Luke Bates, Mikayla Bates; three great-grandchildren; one brother and one sister, Gordon Ecklund and Gloria (Gordy) Nelson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Warren.
Memorial services for Del will be at Zion Covenant Church, Ellsworth, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends are invited to call for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
To send an online condolence to the family, go to www.hillfuneralservice.com. Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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