George W. Ecklund

Springfield, Illinois

Nov 5, 1920 – Apr 9, 2019 (Age 98)


November 5, 1920
April 9, 2019


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George W. Ecklund 1920 - 2019Springfield, IL—George W. Ecklund, 98, of Springfield, died at 6:30 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village Assisted Living. He was born November 5, 1920 in Springfield to George P. and Rowena Martin Ecklund. He married Shirley Baya on December...

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George was my first really demanding piano teacher. Even though he was strict, I had tricks up my sleeve: I knew that if I wasn't quite prepared for a lesson, I could get him sidetracked by talking about baseball! I'm now a music professor at a university in North Carolina and a choir director/organist at a church; George was part of the long process that got me to where I am today. Condolences to his family and friends.

George Ecklund was a very important part of my life! He gave me private piano lessons from 1968 - 1980! I followed my brother's example, taking lessons from Mr. Ecklund. There were several times I would come home from lessons flustered, swearing that I was going to quit, as he insisted on perfection. My mother would always tell me that if I felt that way in a month she would allow me to quit. She saw through my temper to the deep love I had for these lessons. I remained his student until I...

George and Family,

We didn't realize that your father had passed away until I read the wonderful article on him in today's SJ-R. What a wonderful tribute!

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Jo (Seipel) Jacob and Bill Kmett, Sr.

I was so sorry to hear today of George's death. Both my brother, Steve Lewis, and I took piano from the bearer of the "Red Wax Pencil". He was a big part of my life and, though I was not his best student, I loved him dearly. When I became overwhelmed with activities my junior year of high school, I felt that I had to give up piano lessons, as I wasn't giving it the attention that was necessary. I bought flowers for Mr. Ecklund and cried for almost the entire half hour because I was...

Dear Mr. Ecklund. Thank you for playing the beautiful philharmonic chimes at the Christmas Eve Midnight Services at First Presbyterian Church over the years. Your addition to Personent Hodie was memorable, and we knew from your execution of it, that those sounds would live on. Because of you, your annual attempt to bring the church the most glorious Christmas Eve, I have chosen Personent Hodie for my most played (there are so many gorgeous versions recorded today) carol on my own Christmas...

My sympathy to the Ecklund and Trumper families. While it was several years ago when I last talked with Mr. Ecklund, I found him to be a pleasant and incredibly gifted man. I grew to feel that I really knew him through Eulene, Paula and Leonard...his wife Shirley Jo Trumper's children....who continued with their care, concern and stories of him long after her passing. May he rest in peace.


I will miss your great insightful comments in the local newspaper. Thanks for adding to my life.

Dear family I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing . He was a dandy and a wonderful pianist that imparted his gift to others. Rest assured #88 will find a great audience and a great new adventure now. Heaven loves music. Dr. Mary L. W. Midden D. M.