Albert W. “Bill” Eckerle, 77, Jasper

Bill EckerleAlbert W. “Bill” Eckerle, 77, of Jasper, died Wednesday (June 7) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper August 28, 1939, to Vincent “Jim” and Albertina “Abie” (Beyke) Eckerle. He married Clara Mae Merkel April 27, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.

Bill retired from the City of Jasper and worked for German American Bank in Jasper for many years. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, was a 3rd degree member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus, a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Jasper Moose Lodge. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family at Beaver Lake for over 60 years, and was a fan of University of Indianapolis softball, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jasper High School sports.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Mae Eckerle; one son, Roger Eckerle and wife Terri, all of Jasper; two grandchildren, Cassie Guth and husband Eric and Cori Eckerle; one great-grandson, Kellen Guth; and one sister, Donna Metzger and husband Bob, Louisville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at Precious Blood Church. The Jasper Moose Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Precious Blood Church, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Precious Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

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