Funeral services were held Thursday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Holstein. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Holstein. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Curtis William Eckerman was born March 26, 1953 in Cherokee, the son of Romane and Bonnie (Miller) Eckerman. As an infant, he was baptized at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Holstein where he was later confirmed during his youth.
Growing up, Curt attended school in Holstein where he graduated from Holstein High School in 1971. Throughout high school, Curt was very active in extracurricular activities and lettered in all sports. He was a very talented young man and sang in the high school choir as well. Following high school and throughout his life, he worked construction.
Curt was currently a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sioux City. He served on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Siouxland since 2008. Curt was a volunteer for many years as the Life Skills Coach of Henry Muller Hall, which has operated since 2005 to transition men from homelessness to an integrated community life. One of Curt's passions was his involvement in the Siouxland Sleep--out to End Homelessness.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Bonnie Eckerman of Storm Lake; daughters: Erin Eckerman of Omaha, Neb.; Kelli Eckerman of Sioux City; Hanna Eckerman-Finney of Sioux City; grandchildren: Aiden Davis of Omaha, Neb.; Nola McConnell of Sioux City; sisters: Debbie (Bill) Leith of Osceola; Jean (Jeff) Chindlund of Storm Lake; nieces and nephews: Traci (Jason) Osborne; Mike Leith; Kristi Meyer; Lori (Josh) Griffith; Andrew and Sarah Chindlund; extended family and friends.
Curt was preceded in death by his father, Romane; brother, Ricki Eckerman; grandparents: Elmer and Marie Miller; Elmer and Pearl Eckerman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mental Health America of Siouxland in care of 1020 630th St. Storm Lake, Iowa 50588.