Timothy Robert Eckhardt
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On October 14, 2021, Timothy Robert Eckhardt died following a courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma. He was 69 years young.
Born in 1952 in Yankton, South Dakota, Tim is the son of Ruth Marie and Lloyd Edward Eckhardt. He spent his formative years in Redondo Beach, Denver, and Houston, and raised his five children in Texas, Colorado, and Washington State. He eventually settled in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he lived, worked, and played until his death.
A lifelong machinist by trade, Tim worked as a Product Inspector at Fike Corporation, where he deeply enjoyed mentoring young machinists under his purview. He was also a top-of-his-class student of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Kansas City. Tim was spirited and mischievous, often taking to the open road for trips on his Harley. He appreciated the beauty of nature and loved barbecuing for gatherings of his friends and family.
Tim is survived by a large family, including five children (Steffan, Jason, and Aimee Eckhardt, Heather MacConnell, and Kimberly Rodriguez). He also has eight grandchildren (Colin, Preston, Alexandra, Mia, Priscilla, Willow, Nathanael, Annabelle, and Saxon) and six great-grandchildren (Serenity, Altreus, Reagan, Addison, Ayla, and Lydia). Tim is also survived by four brothers (Gary, Curtiss, Lindsay, and Gene Eckhardt), his uncle Don and aunt Rosemary, as well as his beloved dog, Billie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Lloyd Eckhardt, his eldest brother, Dennis, and his granddaughter, Mia.
There will be two services held for Tim; one in Blue Springs, MO in the fall of 2021 (details to come), and a graveside service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota, in spring 2022. Please send any memorial gifts in Tim’s honor to St. Joseph’s Indian School (https://www.stjo.org/) or Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org).