James Robert "Bob" Ekstrand, 72, of Sweet Springs, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2007, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Sweet Springs with Rev. Gene Ekstrand officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to I-70 Medical Center. Online condolences may be sent to www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born April 22, 1935, in rural Windsor, he was the son of the late Walter Dale Ekstrand and Thelma Irene (Kindle) Ekstrand. On July 1, 1955, he married Dorothy J. Hudgens who survives of the home. He had lived in Sweet Springs since 1959. He worked at International Shoe Factories in Windsor, Sweet Springs and Marshall. He later worked for Frasier Ford as an auto mechanic for 22 years, Scott Ford for five years, Tom's Auto Salvage for five years and then at J&S Service for five years. He played Santa Claus for many years in the Sweet Springs and Blackburn area and was an avid gardener.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Roberta Christensen and her husband John of Sweet Springs; one son, Robert Ekstrand Jr. of Sweet Springs; two brothers, Rev. Gene Ekstrand and his wife Carolyn of Windsor and Tracy Ekstrand and his wife Beverly of Clinton; three sisters, Anna Martin and her husband Butch of Blue Eye, Donna Vincent of Sedalia and Carolyn Pearson and her husband Steve of Sweet Springs; three grandchildren, Kelly Christensen and his wife Crystal, Kyle Christensen, and Kari Ann Christensen; two great-grandchildren, Kassidy and Kaelan Christensen; along with several nieces and nephews.
Additional information provided per family recompense.