Richard Eckhoff, 95, Belmond, died Jan. 14, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services were held Jan. 18 at First Reformed Church in Meservey. Burial with militray honors will occur later at the Belmond Cemetery.
Richard, the son of Ernest and Tena Barkema Eckhoff, was born July 4, 1925 in Meservey. He graduated from Meservey High School in 1943.
Richard served in the U.S. Navy from Nov. 17, 1944 to March 23, 1946 on the U.S.S. Ozark as a motor machinist’s mate, 3rd class.
Richard was united in marriage to Bonnie Gunderson on Feb. 1, 1945 at the First Reformed Church in Meservey. To this union three children were born: Julie, James (Jim) and Jon.
Richard’s occupation was farming, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Bonnie assisted him until his son Jim became his right-hand man.
Richard was a long-time member of First Reformed Church where he held many leadership roles. He also served as Pleasant Township Treasurer for many years.
In the winter and during the downtime of farming, Richard delivered Winnebagos for approximately 30 years, even into his 80’s. His deliveries numbered 1,100, and he received a special certificate from the company. He visited most of the 50 states, with New York City being one of his favorite places to drive to since he could visit his cousin and her family.
Richard always kept a keen interest in farming, visiting the home place during planting and harvest. He also enjoyed having coffee at the elevator in Belmond in the afternoons to keep up on news.
Richard is survived by his children Jim (Connie) Eckhoff of Meservey and Jon (Dawn) Eckhoff of Rochester, MN; son-in-law David Boelman of West Des Moines; grandchildren Kimberly (John) Grzywacz of Huxley, Brandon (Valerie) Boelman of West Des Moines, Grant (Brianna) Eckhoff of Rochester and Emily Eckhoff of Rochester; great-grandchildren Emily Grzywacz, Jeremy Grzywacz, Danielle Wilkinson, Jeremiah Wilkinson, Jonah Grzywacz, Benjamin Eckhoff, Broderick Boelman and Kellen Boelman; and sister-in-law Mavis Gunderson of St. Louis, MO.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie (Dec. 20, 2020); daughter Julie Boelman; grandson Brian Eckhoff; brother Stewart Eckhoff; sister-in-law Connie Eckhoff; and brother-in-law Dean Gunderson.