Melvin R Ecker

July 2, 1944 - May 9, 2024 - Fond du Lac, WI

Funeral Service

Friday, May 31, 2024

5:00 pm

St. Mary Catholic Church

Military Ave.

Stockbridge, WI 53088

Funeral Visitation

Friday, May 31, 2024

2:00 pm - 4:45 pm

St. Mary Catholic Church

Military Ave.

Stockbridge, WI 53088

Burial Service

Saturday, June 1, 2024

11:00 am

St. Mary Catholic Cemetery

Moore Rd.

Stockbridge, WI 53088

Melvin R Ecker

Fond du Lac WI

Melvin R. Ecker, age 79, of Quinney, died following a 17 year battle with cancer on Thursday,  May 9, 2024 at his home in Quinney.  He was born July 2, 1944 in Fond du Lac, son of the late Marvin & Martha (Pethan) Ecker.  

Following his graduation from Stockbridge High School in 1963, he began working at Chilton Metal Products and for Parson Bros. Construction as well as various other places throughout the area.  

He married Mary Vanden Boom on July 27, 1968 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge and later began working on the family farm milking cows.  Eventually, he went into partnership with his brother, Marvin Jr., on the farm.  Approximately 30 years ago, Melvin left milking cows and began Lakeshore Septic Service with his wife Mary.  This was an ideal business for Mel because, as a grand talker, he was able to visit with everyone he served.  

He was a life long member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Stockbridge as well as the Quinney Fishing Club.  He had also proudly served as president of the Stockbridge Area Business Association.  Having grown up in this area, Mel knew quite a bit of the area and much of the local history which he gladly shared with anyone who asked.

In his free time, Mel could be found out on the lake sturgeon spearing or attending tractor pulls.  He cherished his time on the farm and enjoyed moments tending to the land on his tractors.  Melvin will fondly be remembered as a gentle, good man who loved to talk to anyone he ran into whether they were a friend or a stranger.  There were occasions where he would be left behind because he was striking up a conversation or sharing one of his great stories with someone.

Above all else, Melvin cherished his family.  He truly loved moments with his children, especially when he was able to DJ with his son, Jeffrey, talking farming with his son, Scott and tractors with his son, Ricci, and time spent with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife: Mary; his children: Scott Ecker, Jeffrey (Lisa) Ecker, Ricci (Beth Nadler) Ecker; grandchildren: Makenna Ecker and her special friend, Jacob Schmitz, Isaah Ecker, Arianna Ecker, Francis Ecker  & Joette Ecker; his brothers: Michael (Jodie) Ecker, Marvin (Patricia) Ecker, Jr.; sisters: Marlene Grenzer, Mary Kay (Gary) Bancroft; a sister-in-law: Mary Ellen Ecker; and his dear friends: Coty, Caleb and Andrew.  He is further survived by his Godchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Merlin “Butter” Ecker; siblings-in-law: Charles Grenzer, Charles (Anna Rae) Vanden Boom and Ann Piper.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2024 at St. Mary Catholic Church (Military Ave.) in Stockbridge with Rev. Michael Betley officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Stockbridge.  A time of visitation will be held at the church from 2:00 pm until 4:45 pm on Friday, May 31, 2024.  At the time of the service and following, there will be a link available above for those wishing to watch a memorial video or see pictures of the flowers and gifts given to the family. 

Melvin’s family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to Theda Care at Home Hospice and the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital for all of the exceptional compassionate care. 


Mary, our love and care goes out to you… God Bless all… Ellie

Ellie papendieck (Friend and childhood neighbor ) 2024-05-27 19:06:25

Mary and boys. Hugs,prayers for all of you.Melvin was such nice man. Always willing to talk A bit. He is at peace with Jesus.

Ronnie and Vonnie Schoen (Neighbors) 2024-05-22 11:10:46

Melvin will be greatly missed I remember working on the farm picking stone and just hanging out with the family it was great memories that will never be for gotten he worked his live away and enjoyed doing wat he was doing you would always catch him doing some type of work no matter wat it was his live will be carried on in my thoughts and prayers rest in peace

Michelle Swette (Friend) 2024-05-20 15:18:54

Mary and family, so sorry for the loss of your loved one, he was such a wonderful man. We always enjoyed seeing all of you. May the Dear Lord be with you at this difficult time. God bless.

Mike and Doris Bennin (friend) 2024-05-18 12:07:40

Melvin was one of the best there was.Anytime I needed help, which was often he was always there!Condolence to the family

Jim Jaeger (Old Neigh!bor) 2024-05-16 15:16:53

So Sorry to hear of your Loss, Sending Prayers to You and Your Family.

Tom & Sue Jacky (Friends) 2024-05-15 18:35:47

Sorry to hear about our loss.He was one hell of a great person and helpful neighbor! Sadly missed by eveone. Gods blessing to your whole family.

Jim Jaegerdd (Friend and former neighbor) 2024-05-15 17:48:23


CAROL BUELOW (family acquaintances from far back) 2024-05-15 10:42:56

Mary and Family, my deepest sympathies to all of you. I always enjoyed talking with Melvin at Family gatherings.

Kathy Burg (Family) 2024-05-14 19:34:40

Mel was a good man. When I call and leave a message for holding tank to be pumped he called back and say "Hi its mel so your full of s---! He could always make you laugh and smile. He will be missed by many people.

Bob and Judy Heller (Friends) 2024-05-14 11:27:12

Sorry for your loss, your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Wanda Mencel (Bauer) (Friend) 2024-05-14 10:58:32

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Melvin. Our heartfelt prayers are with all of you.

Tracie Mindel (Lisowe) (former babysitter / friend) 2024-05-14 09:44:07

Mary and family, What a gem that Melvin was. He came along when my little boy needed a grown up friend and took him under his wing. I imagine Noel gave him a good run. My sincere condolences to all of you! Rest easy Melvin. You deserve to be at peace now. Prayers, peace and love!

Kathy Kuhn (Friend ) 2024-05-14 08:10:41

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers for you and your family.

Joan jaeger (Friend) 2024-05-14 07:34:33

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