August 29, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.
Thomas A. “Tom” Ecker, 77, of Miltona and formerly of New Munich, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Aug. 22, 2023, at his home on Lake Miltona.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 26 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Inurnment was in the parish cemetery.
Thomas Arthur Ecker was born Aug. 4, 1946, in Melrose, to Elmer and Veronica (Schrantz) Ecker. After graduating from Melrose High School, he entered the military, serving with the United States Navy. Tom returned home to New Munich to run the family business, Ecker Feed Service. On Aug. 14, 1971, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Funk at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Throughout the years, they raised their five amazing children. In 2012, Tom and Kathy retired to their dream home on Lake Miltona near Alexandria.
Tom enjoyed woodworking, fishing, sailing, cooking and making memories with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Ecker of Miltona; children Heidi (Chris) Wrede of New Hope, Aaron (Lori) Ecker of Alexandria, Carl (Melissa) Ecker of Chanhassen, Gretta (Brian) Eder of Lake Elmo, and Megan (Dan) Stern of Portland, Oregon; 11 grandchildren Logan Meyers, Emma, Owen and Noah Ecker, Charlie and Nora Wrede, Georgia and Frankie Lou Ecker, Beatrice and Pearl Eder, and Scottie Stern; brothers and sisters David Ecker of Melrose, Bill (Elaine) Ecker of Perham, Steve (Sue) Ecker of Long Prairie, Dianne (Craig) Smith of Miltona, and Laurie (Bill) Welz of Delano.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Veronica Ecker.
Serving as urn bearer was Logan Meyers. Serving as cross bearer was Charlie Wrede and scripture bearer was Emma Ecker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred, and will be donated for cancer research and local oncology support.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose. P-35-1B