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Norman F. Eckerle

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Norman Francis Eckerle, 82, New Haven, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at his home after a brief illness.

He was born April 14, 1930, in Pilot Grove to Frank Eckerle and wife Flora, nee Larm. He was the eldest of six children.

Mr. Eckerle was united in marriage to Joan Klott May 3, 1952, at Little Berger Church, near Hermann.

He is survived by his wife Joan Eckerle, New Haven; one son, Shawn Eckerle and wife Annette, Washington; four daughters, Cindy Meyer and husband Ray, New Haven, Kathy Miller and husband Dan, Dutzow, Beth Kluba and husband Mark, Clover Bottom, and Jean Eckelkamp and husband Glenn, Byron Center, Mich.; one son-in-law, Dave Ashton, Solon, Iowa; one sister, Bernadette Shaffer and husband Delbert, Lee's Summit; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Mr. Eckerle was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Kay Ashton, Solon, Iowa; two brothers, Russell Eckerle and Douglas Eckerle; and two sisters, Jeanette Eckerle and Merilene Wilson.

He attended Smithton High School, near Sedalia, and would later earn a degree in elementary education from Central Missouri State University.

Mr. Eckerle moved to the Gasconade County area in 1948 and began his teaching career in several one-room schoolhouses located in Peace Hill, Owensville, Bay, Swiss, Drake and Cooper Hill in Osage County.

He moved to New Haven in 1959 after taking a job at Campbellton School, which at the time was a rural school. Mr. Eckerle taught at Campbellton for 28 years before retiring.

After moving to New Haven he quickly became involved in the community and was appointed municipal judge in 1967. Mr. Eckerle won re-election for seven more terms before retiring from that post.

He was a charter member of the volunteer New Haven ambulance service and served for 14 years. In addition he served as park manager for 12 years overseeing the city park grounds and municipal swimming pool.

Mr. Eckerle enjoyed camping with his family, especially traveling to the western United States. As a teacher, Mr. Eckerle had the opportunity to work many odd jobs during the summer months.

He worked for the highway department, Kellwood Company, as a carpenter and mechanic. One of his passions was shearing sheep. After watching an Australian sheep shearer at the state Fair, he decided to give it a try. Mr. Eckerle wound up shearing sheep for farmers in the area for 25-plus years.

Mr. Eckerle was a member of Assumption Parish, New Haven, and was particularly devoted to Mary, the mother of God. He had the good fortune of traveling to three seminal shrines that honor Mary, including Lourdes, France, Fatima, Portugal, and the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico.

He introduced the idea of a pro-life statue at Assumption Parish to his fellow Knights of Columbus members.

Visitation was scheduled to be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.

Mr. Eckerle's life will be celebrated with a Mass at Assumption Church, New Haven, Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. John Deken officiating.

Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the New Haven Senior Center, New Haven Food Pantry, Assumption Parish Cemetery Fund or Assumption Parish PSR Program in care of Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home are preferred.

The family is being served by Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.
Published in The Missourian on Apr. 18, 2012
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