March 4, 1932 - December 27, 2016
Charles Kenyon Eckels Jr. (Chuck) of Jacksonville, Oregon, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016. He was born March 4, 1932, in Spokane, Washington, to Charles K. Eckels Sr. and Kathleen (Kelley) Eckels.
Chuck grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and graduated second in his class at Wauwatosa High School in 1950. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Animal Science) in June 1954. While in college, Chuck was in Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Zeta, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, serving as president of the chapter. He was also president of the Country Magazine Board of Control, vice president of Saddle & Sirloin Club, a reporter for Sickle & Sheaf, and a member of Ag Student Council.
He married Jeanne (Hamm) Eckels in January 1954. Chuck served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957, stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Following his service, Chuck began a long career with Wilson & Co., working in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, and Oklahoma. He later worked in both food and financial industry positions.
In 1985, he moved to the Medford area where he enjoyed many outdoor activities and a gorgeous view from his home near the Siskiyou National Forest. He enjoyed spending time with his shooting group and serving on the board and volunteering for Rogue Book Exchange. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and an avid reader and photographer.
Chuck is survived by his children and grandchildren: Judi, Mark, Kevin, and Chris Stillwell; Linda, Brent, Trevor, and Catherine Gee; Steve, Glennis, Riley (Alison), Tucker, and Tatum Eckels; and Elizabeth and Mary Elizabeth Eckels; sisters-in-law, Patricia Hamm Biever and Karen Hamm Rahn (Bradner); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; former wife; and son, Daniel Eckels.
Chuck’s family and friends will gather for a celebration of his life at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017. For more information, please call 214-697-0435. Donations in Chuck’s memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy, Salvation Army, or U.W. Animal Sciences Department.