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Marvin E. “Swede” Ecklund, 88, of Ottawa and formerly of Peru, died September 3, 2019 in OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle with Rev. Gregory Jarzombek OSB officiating. Burial will be in Peru city Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 AM Saturday until time of services.
Mr. Ecklund was born in La Moille on July 7, 1931 to Oscar and Maysie (Scott) Ecklund. He married Dolores Smith on November 22, 1951 in St. Patrick’s Church in Arlington. He served with the US Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954. Marvin worked at Butternut Bread in Peru and then retired from the City of Peru. He worked part-time at Kent’s Tap in Peru. He was a member of the Peru American Legion and St. Joseph’s Church in Peru. He loved to work and spend time with his family.
Mr. Ecklund is survived by his wife Dolores of Ottawa; two daughter Theresa Stiles of Ottawa and Rebecca (Toby) Donajkowski Parma, MI; one son Dennis (Audrey) Ecklund of College Station, TX; one granddaughter Rachel Ecklund; two step grandchildren Christopher and Katelyn Rohloff; one brother Robert Ecklund of Las Cruses, NM; and sister-in-law Joan Ecklund of La Moille.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson John Donajkowski, one sister Marjorie Schwabeland, and two brothers Clifford “Hook” and Daryl Ecklund.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation.