Eugene Robert Eckes, 92, of Wausau passed away June 9, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born March 26, 1926 in Wausau, the son of the late Nicholas and Margaret (Boening) Eckes. Eugene graduated from Wausau High School and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 – 1946. On August 20, 1949, he married Bernice Plautz at Salem Lutheran Church in Wausau. Over the years, Eugene sold auto parts around Wausau to the local service stations. He also enjoyed spending time at the family cottage, where many special memories where made.
Survivors include his daughters, Karen Maier, Wausau; Jamie (Mark) Lemke, Tomahawk; granddaughters, Tricia Maier, Weston; Torrie Maier, Wausau; grandson, Christopher (Laurie) Lemke, Savage, MN; great granddaughter, Malory Smith, Weston; sister, Doris Bornowski, Stratford; sister-in-law Virginia Wendell, Albertville, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Bernice; sisters, Loretta Ludholz, Arlene and Mildred Eckes; brother, Leroy “Sonny” Eckes; brother-in-law, Arnold Bornowski; and sister-in-law Joan (Bud) Isaacson.
The funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. on Friday June 15, 2018 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 930 Edgewood Road, Wausau. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial with military honors will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, Town of Texas, following funeral service. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials may be made to Never Forgotten Honor Flight. You may sign the family guest book at helke.com