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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
Fax: (231) 723-1029
Wayne Eckels

Wayne Arthur Eckels

Wednesday, August 2nd, 1944 - Sunday, February 14th, 2021
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Wayne Arthur Eckels, Age 76 of Arcadia died Sunday February 14, 2021 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

He was born on August 2, 1944 in Arcadia, MI the son of the late Olan Parry & Nora Marie (Kelsey) Eckels. He was a member of the last graduating class at Arcadia High School in 1963. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Vietnam. On January 11, 1969 he married Pamela L. Lindquist at Saint Ann’s Church in Frankfort.

Wayne was employed as a mechanic by Michcon/DTE for 34 years. He enjoyed hunting deer and pheasants as well as skeet shooting. He also enjoyed fishing with family and riding his motorcycle with his wife. He was a member of VFW Post #3314 in Arcadia.

Survivors include his wife; Pamela Eckels of Arcadia, two daughters; Dawn Sutton of Bear Lake and Stephanie Newsom (Al Gilbert) of Arcadia, grandchildren; Cody (Shawna) Newsom, Logan Sutton, Noah Sutton, Jake Newsom, Zoey Sutton, Abigail Newsom, & Devin Newsom, one great grandson; Owen Wayne Newsom, his siblings; Robert (Sue) Eckels, Richard Eckels, Margaret Marcum, Barbara Eckels Rennie, Susie McPherson, & Carol (Rich) Matthews, his mother-in-law; Eleanor M. Pilz, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters; Sandra Eckels, Kathryn Berry, & Dorothy Maidens, and a special friend & caregiver; Kevin Dean.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM the First Baptist Church of Bear Lake with Pastor Jaimie Parlette officiating. Military Honors will follow. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:00 Noon until time of service.

Memorials in Wayne’s name may be directed to the Manistee County Veterans Van Transportation Program.

Please share a memory with the family at www.oakfrovefh.com. Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Manistee,
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    First Baptist Church of Bear Lake
    Address
    10577 Chippewa Highway
    BEAR LAKE, MI 49614
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    First Baptist Church of Bear Lake
    Address
    10577 Chippewa Hwy.
    BEAR LAKE, MI
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Bill Potvin

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I had the privilege to work with Wayne for a number of years in Cadillac. In my 42 years of working with MichCon/DTE there was no nicer person to work with than Wayne. Although he lived in Arcadia and had a much longer drive than anyone else he was the first person in the Cadillac station every morning and would have the coffee on for his fellow employees. He was without a doubt the most liked and respected person/employee in the station and when he left Cadillac to finish his career in Kalkaska it was a very emotional day for all of us who were left in Cadillac.

Prayers to Pam, Dawn, Stephanie and the rest of the Eckels family.
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