John Lewis Eckart
January 20th, 1934 – June 5, 2021, Age 87
We regretfully announce the passing of John Eckart on June 5th, 2021, from complications due to Alzheimer’s at the Biggar Union Hospital. He was married to Donna Dirks on November 25th of 1954.
John Lewis Eckart will be greatly missed but never forgotten and always cherished as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and an upstanding community member. We are all lucky to have had him in our lives.
John will always be remembered for his passion of life which led him to experience so many amazing achievements, his love of farming, obtaining his ice technician degree, acquiring his pilots license, and owning his own plane. He loved curling, golf, skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, dancing, horseback riding, the colour blue, hockey, softball, travelling, along with being involved with the Herschel Municipality board, Wildlife Confederations, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and a 4H Leader.
John’s life started on January 20th, 1934, as the middle child to Ruth and Matthew Eckart and spent his childhood on the family farm in the Britton Community, 30 miles south of Biggar. When John completed his grade 11 by correspondence, he spread his youthful wings by going to Calgary, Alberta for a two-year blacksmith apprentice program with the Canadian Pacific Railways, from there he traveled to Virden, Manitoba to work on the drilling rigs for the next few years.
His world changed on November 25, 1954, when he married Donna, his special love, and had since shared their lives together for 66 years. They were blessed with 4 children: Rhonda, Lewis, Laurel and Maureen, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
John and Donna moved back to the family farm around 1955. They farmed for over 50 wonderful years, then in early 2000 moved into Biggar, Sask. where John took care of the curling rink for 14 years and worked at the golf course in the summers (we believe he did this to get free golfing).
John was predeceased by his parents Ruth and Matthew, his brother Frank and his sister Margaret. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Betty and Don Crozier, his four children and their families, Rhonda & Gerald Wensley (Taryna & Grant, Shawn & Stacey, Corey & Lisa), Lewis & Shelley Eckart (Chelsea & Warren, Jessica & Reid), Laurel & Glen Alston (Kira & Rick, Rylan & Lindsay), Maureen Eckart & Bob Hamm (Bryce, Tyson), along with many great grand children, nephews, and nieces.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and doctors at the Biggar Long Term Care Facility for all their dedication in caring for John during his 18 months at the home.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in John Eckart’s name to the Biggar Long Term Care Facility.
We regret that there will be no open service at this time.
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Biggar & District Health Center - Long Term Care
Box 130, Biggar SK S0K 0M0