Kenneth Warren Eckle
1923 - 2021
Adair Funeral Homes - Avalon Chapel
8090 North Northern Avenue
Oro Valley, AZ
ECKLE, Kenneth Warren

1923 - 2021

Kenneth Eckle was born at Grandfather Pell's farm in Ebenezer, NY on April 11, 1923, and departed to reunite with his wife, Natalie, on June 21, 2021, at age 98.

In 1943, he was inducted in the Air Transport Command of the A.A.F., training as a parachute rigger and emergency equipment technician, eventually forming the new Emergency Equipment Division. Ken was honorably discharged in 1945.

In 1959 he moved to Tucson, with his family to become one of the original owners of Casas Adobes Flower Shop, "behind the fountain," until 1973. Ken went on to teach himself silversmithing. He and Natalie built a studio where he continued to do silversmithing until his mid-90's.

Ken had countless friends. His skills included being a pilot, artist, florist, silversmith, an avid horseman and trail map-reader. His talents were many; he made over 65 pairs of spurs, sculpting, casting, making hand-carved molds for jewelry. He loved to ride horses with friends and was often "the trail boss in the red shirt". He was past president of the Los Charros Ride and an original member of the Anvil Ride. In 2015, Ken took the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. In 2020 he was an honorary Grand Marshal for the Tucson Rodeo Parade.

Ken is survived by his daughters, Linda Eckle of Tucson, and Kathy Hood (Phil) of Missouri; grandchildren, Ian Lamma (Michelle) and Ariel Sanders; great-grandchildren, Ryan Lamma and Evelyn Kathleen Ballantyne. A Celebration of Ken's life will be on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2021, at Catalina State Park. Family and friends wish to thank all the friends at Pura Vida Assisted Living and Agape Hospice for their compassionate care and companionship. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.

Published by Arizona Daily Star on Jul. 18, 2021.
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Catalina State Park
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Ken and Nat were very special to us. Ken taught my husband how to do floral arrangements for several years at casa Adobe shop. Those were magical times. We passed Christmas cards over the years until Nat´s death. So sad for us all, then I started sending them to Ken, even after he moved to the care center. We´re so glad he had a view of the desert he loved up to the end. Rest In Peace Ken. We will always love and miss you.
Mike and sandy wunder
July 28, 2021
Wow I was just thinking of Ken the other day! He and Natalie were great friends of my aunt Betty (Betty Barnes) . Ken designed my wedding ring with the gold and diamonds we gave him! I love my ring 37 years later it´s till perfect! He also made my two boys their first silver and turquoise belt buckles, my boys are now grown with families of their own! I will cherish all my memories of him in his home and studio on Flying Diamond ! I used to think it was in the middle of no where ...but we ended up living very close by after we had a family! Hugs to his family , I know you will miss him!
Heidi Tarbet
July 25, 2021
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