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Colin Ross Eckert Jr.

December 28, 1954 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 66)


With grief in our hearts, we announce the unexpected passing of Ross Eckert.

Colin Ross Eckert Jr, “Ross”, of Mary Esther Florida, passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2021, at the age of 66.  He was born December 28, 1954 in Joliet, Il to Colin Ross Sr and Cecilia Pearl Eckert.  He was currently retired and living and loving “the good life”.

Ross married the love of his life, Peggy, on July 10, 1976, and together they began a journey of many adventures to include raising a family, dancing, camping, bowling, fishing, boating, traveling, yard work and just being outdoors. He was a thrill seeker that jumped out of airplanes when he was young.  He earned a third degree blackbelt in karate and opened a dojo of his own. He also earned a bachelor’s degree of manufacturing engineering from Southern Illinois University.  Ross spent 30 years working at Caterpillar in Joliet as a tool and die machinist. After his retirement in 2004, he and Peggy moved to Florida.  Most recently, Ross enjoyed the most loving adventure of spending precious time devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren, and pets.  He always lived life to the fullest and loved making people laugh.  He will be missed beyond words.

Ross is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 45 years, Peggy J. Eckert; his beloved children, Colin Ross (Ivelisse) Eckert III, Katerina M (Chris) Wessels; his adoring grandchildren, Kayli and Samara Eckert, Brianna and Jaxon Wessels; his stepmother Judy Eckert, as well as five younger siblings, and several cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Colin Ross Sr and Cecilia Pearl Eckert, as well as one sibling.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

For those of you that have reached out regarding our needs as a family during this painful time, know that we appreciate your support.  If you are able and feel compelled to, please send funds in any amount you are comfortable with through Venmo @Eckert71076 to help us with unexpected funeral costs.


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