Wayne Arthur Eckels, Age 76 of Arcadia died Sunday February 14, 2021 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
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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,