Lloyd W. Eckes, 102, of Chippewa Falls, village of Lake Hallie passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at Lake Hallie Memory Care.
Lloyd was born July 5, 1918 in Marshfield and resided there until he relocated to Chippewa Falls in 1952.
Lloyd enlisted in the army in World War II and served honorably from 1941 to 1945. After the war he remained active in the Air Force Reserve for 50 years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
On February 5, 1942, Lloyd married Arnetta Buchberger in Belleville, IL. Their marriage was a lifelong partnership of love and devotion which endured for over 75 years. Lloyd was a wonderful father and an inspiration to each of his children and grandchildren.
Lloyd worked for Chippewa Shoe Mfg. Company for many years and retired as Vice President of Manufacturing. Lloyd was granted a patent for his design of the Cushion Collar in 1969 and received The American Shoe Designer Award for it in 1970. Lloyd was an active member of Holy Ghost Parish and served on the LaCrosse Diocese Bishop’s Council. Lloyd lived his entire life guided by his strong belief in “Faith, Family, Friends, Forever.”
Lloyd is survived by four sons, Alan (Ann) of Eau Claire, Jeffrey (Fran) of Appleton, Jerre (Sue) and Charles (Cindy) both of Chippewa Falls; three daughters, Lynette Brigham of Deerfield, Il, Mary (Steven) Gitelis of Chicago, IL and Maureen (Morris) Kharasch of Highland Park, IL; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Arnetta on December 30, 2017; and one granddaughter, Virginia McAlister.
A private family memorial service is being planned. Inurnment will be in Hope Mausoleum in Chippewa Falls.
Lloyd’s family requests memorials be made to the Lloyd and Arnetta Eckes Family Endowment Fund through the Community Foundation which supports Irvine Park. Donations can be made at www.yourlegacyforever.org