Jason Eckert, 66, of Garner, Iowa died Friday, October 6, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held 2 P.M., Thursday, October 12th at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner with Rev. Will Hunsaker officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit. Cremation will follow the service will burial at a later date.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner and will resume one hour prior to services at the church.
Jason Eckert, the son of Jason, Sr. and M. Irene (Gustafson) Eckert, was born March 3, 1951, in Osage. He was baptized at First Baptist Church in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1970. He served his country in the U.S Army for 22 years being stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Riley, KS, Schweinfurt and Badkissingen, Germany, Camp Castle in Korea and Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Jason finished out his service in the U.S. Army Reserves. On August 16, 1975, he married Julie Jepson at First Baptist Church in Clarks Grove, MN. To this union, two sons were born, Jeremie Laine and Joshua Alan. Throughout Jason’s military career they lived in military housing in Germany and various posts in the United States. He enjoyed trips to Grand Rapids and the Marcel area where his father took him fishing and hunting as a young boy. He carried on this family tradition with his sons, his father and brother Ronnie. This occurred every year until his health no longer permitted it. Jason’s family was his life. He looked forward to taking his grandchildren fishing. He wanted to go last year but had L-vad surgery. He was determined that he would be healthy enough to do it this year, and he did. On Sept. 30th he rented a pontoon boat in Clear Lake and created memories that will last a lifetime for those precious grandchildren, Naya Raquel, Gabriella Starr and Joshua (J.J.), Jr.
Jason is survived by his wife, Julie, of Garner; sons, Jeremie of Garner and Joshua (Maranda) Eckert of Nora Springs; grandchildren, Naya Raquel, Gabriella Starr and Joshua, Jr. of Nora Springs; two sisters, Ramona (Dr. Michael) Spence of Coon Rapids, MN and Nancy (Greg) Wiemer of Warsaw, IN; a brother, Ronald Eckert of Brooklyn Park, MN; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray (Bunny) Jepson of Albert Lea, MN, Jeanine (Boyd) Reese of Clarks Grove, MN, Marcy Jepson of Milaca, MN, Alan (Patricia) Jepson of Albert Lea, MN and Robin (Jan) Jepson of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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