George E. Eckerle, 88, Jasper

George E. Eckerle, 88, of Jasper, died Tuesday, August 25, at his home. He was born in Jasper November 22, 1931, to Robert and Elizabeth (Lechner) Eckerle. He married Marian Prechtel January 8, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died July 12, 2000.

George was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked in the family business, Eckerle Construction, and St. Joseph Church, and then retired at the age of 81 from German American Bank. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, American Legion Post 147, and Jasper Outdoor Recreation. He was a recipient of the Simon Brute Award for service in the Catholic Church.

He is survived by three daughters, Jane Hochgesang and husband Gene, Jasper, and Sharon Schnell and husband Fred and Karen Hauser and husband Rick, all of Schnellville; son-in-law Steve Schnaus and wife Sandy, Jasper; six grandchildren, Ryan Schnell and wife Julie, Jill Robish and husband Scott, Cale Schnaus and wife Rachael, Nathan Hochgesang and wife Sarah, Ared Schnaus and wife Jennifer, and Amy Kettler; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leo Eckerle and Donald Eckerle and wife Margaret, all of Jasper; his companion, Norberta Bullock, Jasper; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one daughter, Geraldine “Gerri” Schnaus, two sisters, Georgina Detroy and Genevieve Frick, and five brothers, Sylvester, Linus, Roman, Joe, and Edwin Eckerle.

Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church. Covid-19 safety protocols will be mandatory for all those in attendance – these include the use of face masks, observation of social distancing, and the use of hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the facilities. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church, the American Heart Association, American Parkinson’s Association, Heart-to-Heart Hospice, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesnercom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

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