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Herbert W. Eckhardt, 92

May 8, 2010

Minnesota Lake — Herbert W. Eckhardt, age 92, of Minnesota Lake, died May 1, 2010, at Parkview Care Center, in Wells.

Funeral Services were held May 5, 2010, at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home, in Wells. The Rev. Kathy Fullarton officiated, and burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, in Emerald Township, Faribault County. Military Honors were accorded by the Easton American Legion.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home, in Wells, assisted the family with arrangements.

Herbert Walter Eckhardt, was born Oct. 22, 1917, in Faribault County, the son of Gustav and Dorthea (Maass) Eckhardt. On June 30, 1946, he married Betty Stivers in Austin.

Herb was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Emerald Township, Faribault County. He attended country school in Emerald Township. He graduated from the Veterans Agriculture Program, University of Minnesota, St. Paul. He was a farmer his whole life. He was a World War II Veteran of the Airforce – Aircraft Mechanic Bombsite Specialist, having served in Algeria, Sardinia, Italy, Corsica, France and Germany in the African and European Theatres. He was a secretary/treasurer for Minnesota Yorkshire Breeders Association, Director of National Yorkshire Breeders Association, Town board Supervisor for nine years, and a Firearms Training Instructor for 25 years. In his earlier years, he was a member of the Golden Gloves Boxing Association. Herb enjoyed tinkering and was always fixing things. He enjoyed the outdoors by hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Eckhardt, of Parkview Care Center, in Wells; son, Kenneth (Jerelyn) Eckhardt, of Minnesota Lake; daughter, Deb (Howard) Brandt, of Minnesota Lake; four grandchildren, Emily (Boyd) Redinbaugh, of Wells, Jeff Eckhardt, of Minnesota Lake, Mike (Holly) Brandt, of Pillager, and Chris Brandt (fiance Tammy Hamson), of Minnesota Lake; four great-grandchildren, Nora and Nowell Redinbaugh, and Emme and Alexander Brandt; one sister, Cordula Sowers, of Augusta, Maine; one brother, Lester (Millie) Eckhardt, of St. Anthony Village; several nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Wilfred (Opal) and Palmer (Annette) Eckhardt; one sister, Loretta Eckhardt; brothers-in-law, Richard Stivers and Roland Sowers.