Donald J Ecker
July 18, 1948 - Nov. 9, 2019
Stockbridge, WI
Funeral Service:
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
4:30 pm
Funeral Visitation:
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Donald J Ecker
Stockbridge, WI

Donald J. Ecker, age 71, of Stockbridge, died on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Aspirus Hospital in Antigo.  Don was born July 18, 1948 in Appleton, son of the late James & Eunice (Stevens) Ecker.  He married JoAnn Bowe on September 9, 1978 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Chilton.  

Donald graduated from Stockbridge High School, class of 1966, but he had begun his working career much earlier than that at the family business, J&E Construction.  Once he was old enough to touch the pedals, he was driving trucks, dozers and other heavy equipment.  He felt very blessed to be able to work with each and every one of his siblings daily.  

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge and the Wisconsin Steam & Antique Engine Club.  He was very proud of his steam engine and enjoyed time spent at steam engine shows.  

Big Don was well known for his hand made sturgeon decoys and he loved time spent in his shanty for every sturgeon spearing season.  His love of the great outdoors took him hunting, but he especially loved time hunting at his cabin in Pickerel, Wisconsin.  This was his home away from home where he could relax, whittle wood for new sturgeon decoys and take time to go fishing.  Each summer, he tended to a large garden and generally raised more than he could consume, so he would traverse the countryside giving away vegetable to anyone he could.  Don loved to be around people, sharing stories and memories and was known to occasionally spin a tall tale.  

Survivors include his children: Don Ecker, Jr., Doug Ecker, Amanda Ecker; his brothers: Robert (Sandie) Ecker, Richard Ecker, David (Wendy) Ecker; his sister: Margie (Dean) Woelfel; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Thomas & Lorraine Bowe; his siblings-in-law: Yvonne Bowe, Andrew Bowe, Thomas (Jodi) Bowe, Jr.; and his dear friends: Ray Heimermann, Gail & Gary Ricker and Rich & Gail Thiel.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his wife: JoAnn; his parents; a sister: Mary Zitzelsberger; a brother-in-law: Allen Bowe; and a friend: Joanne Heimermann.

Funeral service will be at 4:30 pm on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge with Rev. Michael Betley officiating.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019.
All my memories of you are with you laughing and joking around and making everyone else around you laugh. You will be missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Donnie.

Jackie Pool (Ecker) (Niece ) - Nov. 11, 2019

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