Sept. 1, 1927-Jan. 27, 2008
Gordon O. "Jug" Eckre, 80, of Frazee, died Sunday, January 27, 2008 in the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Fargo.
Gordon Ole Eckre was born the son of Ole and Therese (Goodger) Eckre on Sept. 1, 1927 in Abercrombie, N.D., where he was raised and attended country school. At the age of 13, Gordon moved with his family, along with his dog, Peanuts, to Vergas. He entered the United States Army and served during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he married Delores Erickson on Oct. 30, 1948 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Loon Lake, near Vergas.
In 1950, Gordon and Delores moved to rural Frazee. He worked for the Ice House in Detroit Lakes and for Laker Feed in Frazee. Gordon also worked for the Perham Creamery, receiving an 18-year safe driving award. In addition, Gordon and Delores operated a dairy and a vegetable and fruit farm. Gordon also worked for Jim Griffnow with the AI crew.
Among his other accomplishments was receiving a 10-year 4-H leader award. Gordon enjoyed woodworking, making birdhouses and wishing wells that he would donate for local benefits. He enjoyed gardening and making building blocks for his grandchildren.
Surviving Gordon are his wife, Delores of Frazee; three daughters, Diane (Wayne) Nichols of Moorhead, Karen (John) Aho of Wolf Lake and Janine (Doug) Trappe of International Falls, Minn.; two sons, Larry Eckre and Gale Eckre, both of Detroit Lakes; a sister, Gelene Kratzke of Vergas; sisters-in-law, Corinne Monson of Frazee and Bonnie (David) Brown of Erhard, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Erickson of Texas and Fred Kratzke of Vergas; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters, Tena Kratzke, Elsie Kratzke and Olga Johnson; and brothers-in-law, Gary Erickson, Andreen Johnson, Butch Kratzke and Rudolph Kratzke.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Furey Funeral Home, Frazee.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Frazee with the Rev. William Aufdenkamp officiating.
Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Frazee. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Furey Funeral Home, Frazee.