ROBERT ECKARDTRobert J. Eckardt of Duluth passed away at the age of 75 at Lakeshore's "The Fountains."
Robert J. Eckardt of Duluth passed away at the age of 75 at Lakeshore's "The Fountains."
Robert was born June 3, 1938, in Young America to Edmund and Helen Eckardt. The family later moved to Cass Lake and eventually to Silver Bay.
In 1956, Robert graduated from Two Harbors High School. He worked at the Silver Bay Drug Store while in high school then went to San Diego, Calif., to the Marine Corps Base Third Battalion Platoon 315. He stayed in the Marine Reserves for nine years. He took night classes at Old Main (UMD) and then began an apprenticeship at Reserve Mining where he became a journeyman electrician. When the plant closed in 1986, he worked through Local 242 as a construction electrician wherever the job would take him, including Alaska. Robert retired in November 2008.
Competitively, Robert enjoyed curling, ballroom dancing and trapshooting. He had a pilot's license for 13 years. His passions were flying Pipers, Cessnas and Cherokees. Robert also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and traveling. Robert treasured his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edmund; two brothers-in-law; niece Maria Fellmet; and a sister, Bonnie Nichols.
Robert is survived by his wife of 25½ years, Lorraine; mother Helen of Bemidji; sisters Gretchen Rogalla of Columbia Heights, Minn., and Mary Lou (Loren) Larson of Alexandria, Minn.; six nieces and nephews; and 13 great-nieces and nephews.
Lorraine would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at The Fountains for all their care given to Robert the last two weeks.
Granting Robert's wish, no service is planned at this time.
Inurnment will be at Sunrise Memorial Park at a later date. To leave a memory of Robert or words of support, please visit www.bellbrothersjarvidowd.com.
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