Elmer Eckhoff, 78, of Concordia, formerly of Sweet Springs, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Concordia Baptist Church in Concordia. Pallbearers will be Barry Eckhoff, Ray Eckhoff, Rex Eckhoff, Robert Cordes, Bruce Fangmann and Glen Fangmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Eckhoff, Jim Eckhoff, Larry Eckhoff, Wayne Eckhoff and Kenneth Retherford. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, at the church. Burial with graveside military rites will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Memorials are suggested to the Concordia Baptist Church or Concordia Ambulance and Fire District in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home of Concordia.
Born June 12, 1925, in Optima, Okla., he was the son of the late Gerd Eckhoff and Lydia Steffens Eckhoff. On Nov. 19, 1948, he married Eunice Hurd, who survives of the home. He had lived in Concordia the last five years, moving from Sweet Springs. He was a retired farmer and carpenter and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. He was a member of Concordia Baptist Church and the Higginsville American Legion post.
Additional survivors include one son, Roy Eckhoff of Concordia; two brothers, Russell Eckhoff of Hutchinson, Kan., and Gerd Eckhoff of Albert Lee, Minn.; four sisters, Lorene Crain of Sweet Springs, Clara Cordes of Marshall, Ruth Caddell of Derby, Kan., and May Fangmann of Independence; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.