Cyril J. Eckelberg - 78
7/9/1940 - 9/26/2018
Cyril Joseph Eckelberg “Jr.” age 78, of Clinton, Iowa passed away Wednesday September 26, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. He was born July 9th, 1940 in Browns, Sugar Creek, Iowa the son of Cyril and Rosella (Teshak) Eckelberg. Mr. Eckelberg was a member of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church and later became a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He also was a member of the Odeon Club during the 70’s. He served in the National Guard for three years. Cy loved to volunteer within the school district throughout the city of Clinton. His hobbies were studying Shakespeare, reading classic literature, gardening, collecting rocks, spending time with his family, following the Iowa Hawkeye’s and watching the WWE.
Cy attended rural elementary schools in Burr Oak, Ia. He attended High School in Batavia, Iowa. In his college years Cy went to several colleges. He graduated at the University of Iowa with a degree in English and a two-year Masters Degree in English Renaissance/Shakespeare. Four summers during his early career were spent at Oxford University in England as a Shakespeare Scholar. His first teaching job was at Iowa State University but his roots brought him back to Clinton County where he spent many years as a Professor of English at Clinton Community College. He married Nancy Jordan on June 26, 1976 at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Clinton, Iowa. In 1984, Cy and Nancy had their only son William Cyril Fredrick Eckelberg.
Survivors include his wife Nancy Eckelberg, his son William (Jacy) Eckelberg; two grandchildren Bennyn and Jaley, all of Clinton, Iowa; one sister Bernadette Eckelberg of Muscatine, Iowa. He is also survived by one nephew Jesse White, one niece Anna Marie Slayer and her two sons. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Cecilia Ann, Eunice, and Mary Ellen and one brother John William.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday September 29th, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton, Iowa. Visitation will be Friday September 28, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Pape Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be William Eckelberg, Mike, Larry, and Terry Jordan, Dan Harvey, Jesse White and Chris Eichmeier. Honorary Pallbearers are Bennyn Eckelberg and Jaley Sampson.
Visitation will be Friday September 28, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Pape Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday September 29th, 2018 at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton, Iowa.