Colin Ross “Buzz” Eckert, Sr.

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Colin Ross “Buzz” Eckert, Sr., 84, of Joliet, Ill,, husband of a former Prairie du Chien resident, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, May 9, at home, with his loving family by his side.

 

Born April 4, 1934, in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of Russell and Rachel (nee Ross) Eckert. He was a graduate of Joliet Township High School, and proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and with the National Guard of Illinois. Buzz worked as a machinist and tool designer for Caterpillar, Inc., retiring after 35 years of service.

 

Buzz was a loving husband, and a devoted father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. In his family’s eyes, he was the greatest man to ever walk this earth. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and anything with his family, especially his grandchildren. He always left an impression wherever he went.

 

Surviving are his beloved wife, Judith (nee Wagner) Benish Eckert; his children, Colin Ross (Peggy) Eckert, Jr., of Mary Esther, Fla., Russell (Lynette) Eckert, of Channahon, Ill., Neill Eckert, of Joliet, Ill., Rena (Paul) Schultz, of Joliet, Ill., Sue (Don) Vanlandingham, of Joliet, Ill., and Becky (Gene) Becker, of Wilmington, Ill.; two step-children, Brian Benish, of Wauzeka, and Gigi Collins, of Montfort; 28 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Gail (John) Vella, of Milwaukee; one brother-in-law, Oren (Angie) Miller, of The Villages, Fla.; two sons-in-law, Gerald Rimmele and Chris Kotte; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cecilia (nee Miller) Eckert (Jan. 2, 2000); his parents; one daughter, Janet Rimmele; a step-daughter, Wendy Kotte; one sister, Nancy (John) Cirricione; and two brothers-in-law, Warren and Grover Miller.

 

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 19, at 3  p.m., at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, IL, where visitation will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be at a later date in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery where military honors will be accorded under the auspices of the U.S. Army and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad. Please visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com.

 

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