1919 ~ 2003

BICKNELL, UTAH - <! > Glen Stoddard

Ekker, 83, passed away June 29, 2003 at his home in Bicknell, Utah.

He was born July 31, 1919 in Hanksville, Utah to Cornelius and Edna Gibbons Ekker, the sixth son of twelve children. He attended schools in Hanksville, Bicknell and Grand Junction. He married Cula Taft, December 31, 1941 in Bicknell, Utah.

He joined the Air Force April 4, 1942, where he served as a flight engineer on B-29's. He was a rancher and sold his ranch to Reo Hunt and moved to Bicknell where his wife had the Sunglow Café for many years. He was a uranium miner in Garfield County with his late brother Harold, he was a heavy equipment operator, building Highways 24 and 95. He was the shed foreman in Loa with UDOT for 24 years before retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Cula, of 61 years of Bicknell; sons, Alfred (Nell) Ekker of Morland, ID; Kip (Karen) Ekker of Snyderville; eight grandchildren, six great-grand-children; sisters and brothers, Julia (Larry) Cheskaty of Grand Junction; Gladys (Roy, deceased) May; Ted (Iona) Ekker both of Green River; Bruce (Evelyn) Ekker of Reno, NV; sisters-in-law, Elora Ekker, Ellisa Ekker, Barbara Ekker all of Hanksville. Preceded in death by daughter, Glenna Noss; brothers, Harold (Nell) Ekker, Horace (Sylvia) Ekker, Arthur (Hazel), Riter, Darys (Clella) Ekker, Jesse Ekker; sister, Reba (Ray) Bennett.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. in the Thurber LDS Ward Chapel in Bicknell, Utah. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Bicknell on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Bicknell Cemetery with Military Rites by the Harold Brown American Legion Post. Funeral Directors, Neal S. Magleby & Sons Mortuary of Richfield, Salina and Gunnison.