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Abrams – Daniel James Eckenrod died at home, surrounded by the love of his family, on December 21, 2021 after a long brave battle with cancer. Whether you called him Dan, Daddy, Grandpa, Grumpa, Uncle Dan, Uncle-Grandpa, Ecky, Cochise or anything else, you could see the twinkle in his eye and know he was unique. Two things that were most important to him were his family and the truth…and having a good time in life.
Dan owned and operated Eckenrod Tile for over 30 years, and during that time had many “helpers,” none better than his own daughter, Laura, whom he proudly taught the trade over 5 years of hard work every day and night. squeeze out the meaning of life. The familiar bond that developed during those “Happy Tile” years brought deep comfort and a lifetime of countless stories, inside jokes and shared knowing glances to both of them.
Dan’s dedication to excellence earned him extremely loyal and appreciative customers, and he cherished each of the many thank you cards he received over the years.
Dan Dan the Tile Man turned into Dan Dan the Bagel Man in his later years when he discovered a newfound pleasure in baking bread, making sourdough and cooking Thai food.
Dan had a great presence and a generous heart and was always willing to help others in any way he could. Whether that was on the back of a harvestman, using his red van to help his kids move, fixing what was broken or inventing something new – he enjoyed it.
One of his great joys in life was traveling around the world with his son Peter. His other great pleasure was telling everyone about it repeatedly.
When he told his daughter Anne that she “knew everything and was always right” at age nine, he gifted her with the gift of trusting her instincts, and perhaps unsurprisingly, she doesn’t hesitate much to share this statement with others.
He cherished the time he spent in the UP with family, fishing in the lake and playing cards in the cabin. He loved to play horseshoes and croquet and to win – something he passed on to each of his children. Besides Rachel, she took more to heart his teaching of “Neither a leader nor a follower.”
Dan grew up in Whitefish Bay, WI with his three siblings. Proud of his days as a gifted high school wrestler, he studied electrical engineering at UWM before serving in the army reserves during the Vietnam War. He settled in Abrams, WI in 1976, where he learned the art of housekeeping thanks to the generous support and contributions of many close friends and neighbors.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents William J and Bernice E (Schlenter) Eckenrod, brother David Eckenrod and grandson Samuel C Eckenrod, all of whom he loved dearly. He is survived by his children Laura (Marty), Rachel, Peter (Laziza), and Anne (Dave); his grandson Reese; brother Bill (Mary) and sister Sue (Gerry), and many cousins. He will be missed by many.
Instead of flowers, please share a drink with someone you love and hug those closest to you.
A memorial visit will be held at Newcomer Green Bay Chapel (340 S. Monroe Ave. Green Bay, WI 54301) on Thursday, December 30 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM with sharing memories to begin at 6:00 PM
To leave condolences online, please visit www.NewcomerGreenBay.com
Posted online on December 23, 2021
Published in Green Bay Press Gazette