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Neil Eckles

December 29, 1938 — February 26, 2023

Blue Earth

Neil Eckles, age 84 of Blue Earth passed away peacefully, Sunday February 26, 2023 with his loving family by his side. A funeral service will be held 11AM Friday March 3rd at Hope United Methodist Church with Rev. Lee Miller officiating. Visitation will be Thursday March 2nd from 4-7PM at Patton Funeral Home and continue one hour before the service. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth.

Neil Eldon Eckles was born December 29, 1938 in Blue Earth Minnesota to Eldon and Phyllis (Arrowwood) Eckles.  He graduated from Blue Earth High School and then attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. He enlisted in the Marine Corp after college and served for 3 years.  After his Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corp, he returned to Blue Earth and began working at the Blue Earth Valley Telephone Company as the third-generation family business man.  In 1972 he married the love of his life, Susan Stockey and they made their home in Blue Earth.  In 1981 he become President/CEO of what is now Bevcomm until his retirement in 2003.  He was always generous with his time serving on many community and non-profit boards in Blue Earth. He was a very humble man, always willing to give or lend a hand wherever needed. Although a man of few words, his sense of humor and storytelling always got people’s attention.  He was always looking for a chance to go hunting or fishing, or travel with Susan to new places around the world but he especially loved spending time with his family. 

Left to cherish such wonderful memories are his wife, Susan; son, Bill (Karrie), grandchildren Faith Eckles and Landen Pederson, his sister Gail Eckles as well as many other extended family and close friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Sandra Eckles and infant grandson Evan William Eckles.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, March 2, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service

400 East 14th Street, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 3, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Hope United Methodist Church

12080 380th Ave, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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