Longtime Alaskan Clarence Gale Eckert died Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at his home in Nikiski after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the North Star United Methodist Church in Nikiski.
Mr. Eckert was born Jan. 14, 1924, in Wall, S.D. His family moved to Timue, Alberta, Canada, when he was a child. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II, spending the majority of his service in the North Atlantic. After returning home, he married Georgeanna Hove, and in 1946 they made their home in Alaska.
Mr. Eckert was a heavy duty mechanic, working throughout the state. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local Union No. 302, a life member of the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center, a charter member and past president of the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo No. 33, a charter member of the Kenai Loyal Order of the Moose and member of the Alaska Yukon Pioneers.
"He was well loved and respected by all who knew him. He knew no stranger and opened his heart and home to everyone. He had a tremendous love for animals and often fed wild animals from his hands. His family was always the focus and light of his life. Our dad's love for people and true pioneer spirit will forever live in our hearts," his family said.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Georgeanna, of Nikiski; his daughters and their husbands, Paulette and Jake Jacobson of Utah, Loretta and Keith Brail, Becky and Tom Flynn, Cindy and Gerry Heaverley, all of Nikiski, Tammy Eckert of Anchorage and Tracy Eckert of Nikiski; sons, Greg Eckert and his wife, Roseann, of Alberta and Brent Eckert and his wife, Nichole, of Nikiski; 24 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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