Duane "Ecky" Victor Eckstrom

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  • Name: Duane "Ecky" Victor Eckstrom
  • Location of Birth: Hines, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 4, 1930
  • Date of Death: October 18, 2006 (76 years old)
  • Parents: Oscar Eckstrom and Rose (Jensen) Eckstrom
  • High School and Class: 1948 - Blackduck High School, Blackduck, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    August 31, 1948 August 30, 1949
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    Duane served in the United States Army from August 31, 1948 to August 30, 1949

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    Duane attended school at Hines Consolidated School starting in 1936 until he finished the eighth grade. Duane then went to Blackduck High School in Blackduck, Minnesota.

    On June 29, 1963, he was united in marriage to Sylvia Porter in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    He was employed with Ware Manufacturing in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Lind Greenway Mine in Calumet and Gilbert, Minnesota prior to working for Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota for twenty-seven years.

    Duane was a life member of the National Rifle Association, North American Hunting Club, and Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters where he served in various positions, Citizen's Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Second Amendment Foundation, Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the Gun Owners of America, and First Lutheran Church of Hines, Minnesota.

    Duane was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Milton "Buddy", Conrad "Sonny", and Morton "Mort" Eckstrom.

    He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his daughters, Diane (Dean Childs) Ward and Barbara (Bob) Hueston; his sons, Eric (Tanya Evenson) and David (Jenny Rounville); his sisters, Lorraine "Sissy" (Enard) Ostlund and Barbara "Tinny" Bender; his brother, Oscar "Corky"; seven grandchildren; one unborn grandchild; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Duane died at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Northwood Cemetery (Hines Township Cemetery) in Hines, Minnesota in Beltrami County.

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