Robert W. Ekkens
May 5, 1920 - November 6, 2010
2-4 & 6-8 P.M., Monday, November 8, 2010
121 South Washington Street, P.O. Box 130, Hale, MI 48739
3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Hale United Methodist Church
201 W. Main Street
Robert W. Ekkens
ROBERT W. EKKENS of Hale, formerly of Grand Rapids passed away at his residence on November 6, 2010 at 90 years of age.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte; children, Carol (Michael) Siporin of West Bloomfield, Terry Ekkens of Grand Rapids, Bonnie (Johnny) Guy of Fishersville, VA, Lynn (Eldon) Barclay of Hale and Todd (Carolyn) Ekkens of Richland. Eleven grandchildren, Dr. Alexandora (Chris Bley) Siporin, D.O., David Ekkens, Courtney Ekkens, Candice Guy, Kala Guy, Jordan (Angela) Barclay, Linden (Deidra) Barclay, Curtis Barclay, Eldon Barclay, Emily Ekkens, Kelsey Ekkens and one great-granddaughter; Anella Barclay. Two sisters, Gloria Scott of Grand Haven and Beverly (Richard) Meehan of Florida. He is preceeded in death by his parents,William and Beulah Ekkens, one sister, Dorothy Stephaniak and one brother John Ekkens.
Mr. Ekkens was a fireman with the Grand Rapids fire Department for 35 years. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of the 126th Infantry Association the 32nd Division Association, the Grand Rapids Red Arrow, the DAV, the Hale VFW and American Legion. Robert was also a member of the Hale Senior Center and the Hale United Methodist Church. He played trombone in the U.S. Army Band during WWII. He had enjoyed wintering in Texas and living on the â€œBarclay Ranchâ€.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Hale United Methodist Church, 201 West Main Street in Hale. The family will receive friends Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington and at the church on Tuesday from 2:00 P.M. until the time of service. Interment along with military honors will take place at Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery, Rev. Pat England officiating. Memorial contributions suggested to Hale 1st United Methodist Church or the Hale Senior Center.
Hale 1st United Methodist Church
or the Hale Senior Center