W.H. ‘Wally’ Eckmann

W.H. “Wally” Eckmann, 89, Minot, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in a Minot hospital.

Wally Eckmann was born on Jan. 5, 1924, in Chicago, the son of Myrtle (Bock) and Carl Johann Eckmann. He was raised in Fairmont, Minn., and graduated from Truman, Minn., High School in 1943.

He entered military service in June 1943, serving in the Army and Army Air Corps, serving in the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa-Ie Shima) and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., Mankato State University, Minot State University and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Montana, Missoula, Mont., in 1950.

Wally married Iris Engen on Feb. 12, 1949, in Minot and they had three children.

He was a lumber salesman for three years for the Yaw-Kinney Co. of Great Falls, Mont., covering North Dakota and South Dakota.

He went into education in North Dakota, teaching in Kenmare, Max, Upham and was superintendent at DesLacs-Burlington for three years, and then principal at Dakota Elementary School at Minot Air Force Base for 11 years. In 1961, he graduated with a master’s degree in education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

In 1975, he left education and entered full-time farming in the Berthold area, which he continued until the time of his death.

Wally was a member of and past president of the Minot Shrine Club, a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, a lifetime member of the Elks and the VFW. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Minot.

Survivors: wife, Iris Eckmann, Minot; sons, Engen Eckmann, Minot (Cathy Schmidt, Bismarck), Bock (Dr. Terry) Eckmann, Minot, and Juli Ann Eckmann, Scottsdale, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Aaron, Adam, Ethan (Lacey), Lindsey, Cole, and Katie; and one great-grandchild, Eli Eckmann.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Myrtle and Carl Eckmann.

Funeral: First Presbyterian Church, Minot, on Monday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m.

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Sunday, Nov. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

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