Michael Charles “Mike” Eckenswiller passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Mike was born on February 26, 1936 in Walkerton, ON to Michael and Rita Eckenswiller (nee Montag). He moved to Red Deer in 1952 and farmed east of Red Deer in the 1970’s. However, Mike is remembered best by his contributions to the building of Red Deer both in structure and by his many small start-up businesses, some of which are still here and prosperous today. His ventures ranged from cafes to oil field hauling, cement companies and cranes. In fact, his cranes aided in the construction of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Parkland Mall, and the Rocket in Kin Kanyon, which many children enjoyed for years. His interests included fishing, river boating, and berry picking. He traveled extensively throughout the world and had volunteered for the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). Mike was especially proud of being one of the founding members of the Red Deer Prostate Cancer Support Group. “He wasn’t the best but he was better than the rest!” He leaves to mourn his passing, his children and their families; Cindy Cornale and her children, Nathan, Michael and Shelby Cornale, Christine (Keith Veres) Eckenswiller and their children, Amanda Eckenswiller and Travis Veres, Rhonda (Ken) Vick and their children, Amber, Christopher and Tayler Vick, Michael (Marnie) Eckenswiller and their children, Kyle and Emily Eckenswiller, Tracey (Ryan) Graham and their children, Kaden, Ryder, Halle and Tate Graham, his special friend, Darlene Shuya, the mother of his children, Gladys (Eckenswiller), sisters; Rita Molnar, Dorothy Penney and Grace Bush, sister-in-law, Mary Eckenswiller, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers; Jerome Eckenswiller and Edgar Eckenswiller. A Prayer Service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street, Red Deer on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mike’s honour may be made directly to the David Thompson Health Trust (To: Prostate Support Group), the Central Alberta Cancer Clinic or to a charity of your choice.
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Arrangements entrusted to
EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL
4820 – 45 Street, Red Deer.
Phone (403) 347-2222