BENSON – Marvin R. Eckhoff, 87, died at 9:53 p.m., Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur.
He was born Jan 18, 1931, in Benson, the son of Joseph and Carrie Moritz Eckhoff. He married Patricia Ann Stromberger on June 24, 1951, in Eureka. She survives.
Other survivors include three daughters, Marge (Steve) Kasten, Hoyleton, Jeanne Brennan, Metamora and DeAnn (John) Heck, Moweaqua; one son, Steven (Donna) Eckhoff, Sun City West, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one sister, Carolyn Rauh, Metamora.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Fern Arch, and one son-in-law, Len Brennan.
Marvin graduated from Benson High School and farmed his entire life in the Benson area. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, rural Benson, where he held many positions over the years, Woodford County Farm Bureau, Central Illinois Antique Dealers Association, served on the Roanoke-Benson District No. 60 school board for nine years and was a precinct committee person for the Woodford County Republicans. Marvin received the National Star Award from the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He also enjoyed collecting antique toys and pottery.
Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. David Abuya officiating. Visitation will take place Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m., both at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church, R-B School Foundation or to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (www.hdsa.org).