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Gene Eckelberry

Nov 23rd, 1960 - Jan 22nd, 2020

Funeral: 1 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation: 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, January 27, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment: Bunker Cemetery, Rinard


   Clifford Eugene “Gene” Eckelberry, age 59, of Iuka, Illinois, passed away Wednesday night, January 22, 2020, at his home. 

   He was born November 23, 1960, in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Clifford “Cliff” Ray and Bertha (Reynolds) Eckelberry.  He was united in marriage to Barbara Blair on November 9, 2007, in Effingham, and together they have shared 12 years of marriage.

   Gene worked for the Louisville Sunoco Service Station, Fedders, and later for Merz Vault Company in Salem.  He enjoyed attending demo derbies and car shows with his boys.  Gene loved being outdoors and treasured his memories of time spent fishing with his family, especially his father.  He enjoyed family get togethers and spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.      

   He is survived by his wife: Barb Eckelberry of Iuka; children: Addie Spitzner of Iuka, Brett Eckelberry of Iuka, Richard Workman of Iuka, Ray (Toddie) Eckelberry of Teutopolis, and Blake (Monica) Workman of Iuka; 14 grandchildren: Nachelle (Brian) Staat of Iuka, LaDonna (Dillion) Workman of Salem, Hunter (Allie) Jordan of Louisville, Nathaniel Jordan of Louisville, Tomas Workman of Iuka, Mitchell Workman of Louisville, Katie Proctor of Iuka, Shaylee Workman of Louisville, Reed Eckelberry of Iuka, Lexus Allison of Flora, Cadance Eckelberry of Teutopolis, Eric Eckelberry of Teutopolis, Kayla Deck of Xenia, and Jessie Deck of Newton;  6 great-grandchildren: Audrianna, Paislyn, Jonathan, and Jason Staat, and Samuel and Riley Smith; 1 sister: Annie (Herbie) Lewis of Salem; 1 niece: Josie Bell of Flora; 5 nephews: Parker Coble, Kirby Coble, Daniel Green, and Paul Green, all of Flora, and Christopher Ferguson of Carterville; and many cousins also survive.

   He was preceded in death by his parents: Cliff Eckelberry and Bertha Davis; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

   A funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Burial will follow in Bunker Cemetery, Rinard.  Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to the family to assist with final expenses and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  


John Conner Jr.

May 23, 1956 - Jul 28, 2021

Marge Blair

Aug 5, 1924 - Jul 26, 2021

Velma Davis

Apr 11, 1922 - Jul 24, 2021

Connie Eads

Oct 18, 1960 - Jul 23, 2021

Maurice Bangert

Dec 31, 1939 - Jul 21, 2021




Shannon & Randy Dulaney

January 23rd

Sorry for your loss

lois and Carl workman

January 24th

So sorry for your loss

Kris Foland

January 24th

Rest in peace cousin.

Bert & Rita Cosner

January 24th

So Sorry for your lost.

Glory Chambers

January 24th

Sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

Gary and Gkenda

January 24th

So sorry for your loss.

Lester Jordan and family

January 24th

We are deeply saddened for the loss of Gene and just know I'll be here for you guys and we can grieve together brothers love you guys and we are praying for you Ray and Brett

Laurie Kirkman Michael

January 24th

My love and prayers are with all the family. I’m happy to have had the recent opportunity to see Gene after many years. I have many fond memories of my step brother cracking jokes and being silly. Sadly we did not keep in touch as adults. Love of family knows no distance 💙

Ben jordan kaylee hamilton

January 24th

So sorry for the loss was one heck of a man

Wayne & Tammy Hilderbrand

January 24th

So sorry for your loss! The family is in our thoughts and prayers!

Jerry& maleta

January 24th

Sorry for your loss. We will pray For your family

Stuart&Tressa Hamilton

January 24th

Brett and Ray we are sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family

Blake' workman

January 24th

I miss you so much Dad 😢 I love you. Gane ilove sop dad

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

January 24th

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers are with all.

Robin(Kirkman) Adams

January 25th

So very sorry for the loss of a cousin, sending many prayers and hugs to the family, God Bless.

Delbert Greenwood

January 26th


Ron Pruitt and family

January 25th

My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends, Gene was a great guy, I have known his dad and family life. RIP brother.

Lisa Young

January 24th

Alot of good memories of back in the day...RIP Gene

Dan Staat Family

January 24th

Condolences to Gene's entire family. May cherished memories hold you in comfort during this time of loss. God Speed to you Gene.

Walter J. Chaney

January 24th

Thoughts and prayers!

Roger kirkman

January 28th

My cousin,,my freind,,my,,bro,! ONE of the very best I've ever knew! YOU will always be in my heart,,! God needed another GOOD,MAN !! Amen.

Joey weisel

January 25th

Praying for the family

Aunt Rhesa

January 25th

Love, Hugs& Prayers to you all.

Mindy & Louis Youngblood

January 24th

Annie-My prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time. My memory of Gene goes back to when we were kids and Annie had a hamster. Annie loved that little hamster. Gene did not. Much love cousin. Rest In Peace

Shawn Kirby

January 25th

Annie I am so sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.❤️


January 30th

I'm sorry for your loss Love you all.



Rose Guinn Anderson
Mick & Leslie Spitzner
Linda Martin
lucy eckelberry and will landreth
Tammy Akes
Gary & Sharon Lagle
Kris Foland
Joseph and Michell Fancher
Lee & Diane Blair
BERT & Rita Cosner
Shirley johnson
Shannon Hohlbauch
Jordan family
June Payne
Ben jordan kaylee hamilton
Wayne and tammy Hilderbrand
Nancy Guinn and Family
Jerry & maleta
Stuart&Tressa Hamilton
Lois Parker
Denby (DJ) Baker
Troy & Niccole Mayberry
Jason farrell and jenna Apke
Shannon Blair
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Marshe white
Donald E Fry
Tina Stanley
Jason and Melinda Miller
Jimmy Carter
Lisa Carter
Walter J. Chaney
Aunt Rhesa
Mary Reynolds
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Elizabeth Hart
Robin(Kirkman) Adams
Paula Jones Rahn
Brenda Rinehart
Brad & Tina Briscoe
Sherrill n Delberta
Jane Forth
Jacquie Young Cooper
Steve & Carol Oestreich
Scott Garrett
Jami Gibbons
Jim & Sarah Hayes
Karen Glassford
Rita Cosner
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Cathy Zink Billingsley
Milli Fletcher
Nita Smith
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Bill and Robin Atwood


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