Charles "Jack" Grover Eckert

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  • Name: Charles "Jack" Grover Eckert
  • Location of Birth: Marcell, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 18, 1923
  • Date of Death: March 14, 2011 (87 years old)
  • Parents: James Eckert and Margaret (McMullan) Eckert
  • High School and Class: 1942
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  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Military Highlights:
    After graduation, Jack enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the 12th Defense Battalion. He served in the South Pacific during World War II and landing campaigns at Cape Gloucester, Woodlark Island and Peleliu.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Jack attended local schools and loved sports and participated in hockey, football, and baseball.

    After the war, Hack returned to Marcell, Minnesota and married Ena Snell in December, 1946. They built their home soon after and lived there for most of their married life.

    Through his early years, he logged and trucked, and worked as an REA (Rural Electrification Administration) lineman. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for sixteen years with Barbarossa Construction of Osseo, Minnesota. After twenty years of service, he retired in 1988 from Itasca County Road and Bridge. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #49, and the Retiree Chapter #65 of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees).

    Jack enjoyed an active and healthy retirement. He was always working on different projects, cutting wood for the season, hunting with his good friends, fishing, and snowmobiling. The last few years he gradually slowed down as his health declined.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Susan; brothers, Gus, Jesse, Wesley, Kenneth, and Leslie; sisters, Marie and Virginia; and son-in-law Mike Munkel.

    He is survived by his wife, Ena; daughter, Pat Munkel,; grandson, Chris (Robin) Munkel; three great-granddaughters; brother, Jim (Helen); sisters, Ione Miller, Dee (Rudy) Grabmeier, Fern (Robert) Drayna; a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and longtime friend Pete Greenfield.

    Jack died at his home in Marcell, Minnesota and was cremated.

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