Dennis Eckmann, age 70, of Hettinger, N.D., longtime North Dakota State Highway Patrol Trooper, passed away June 1, 2013 at the St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, N.D.
Published June 5, 2013
The funeral service for Dennis was held June 6, 2013 at the Hettinger Lutheran Church with Pastor Kathleen Dettmann officiating.
Serving as casketbearers were John Muth, Kent Brackel, Jerel Seamands, Bob Kudrna, Mike Bliss, and Delwayne Olson. All former and current Law Enforcement Officers and the North Dakota Highway Patrol were considered Honorary Bearers.
Dennis George Eckmann was born July 8, 1942 in Beulah, N.D. to Fredrick and Helen (Singer) Eckmann. He grew up on a farm near Mercer, N.D. and attended school in Mercer and Turtle Lake, graduating from Turtle Lake High School in 1960. He attended Bismarck Junior College for one year and then in 1962, Dennis began working for North Dakota State Radio Communications in Bismarck, N.D. In 1965, he began working for the North Dakota Highway Patrol and was stationed in Cavalier, N.D. He was transferred to Hettinger in 1967 where he retired from the Highway Patrol in 1994.
Following his retirement, he worked as an insurance adjustor and did tree moving. He was always looking for antiques with his grandkids. He was an avid toy tractor collector and attended numerous toy shows, and loved watching NASCAR races, and having coffee twice daily with his coffee buddies.
Surviving family members include his wife, Bernadette; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle and Mary Eckmann, Helena, Mont., Dean and Michele Eckmann, Fargo, N.D.; grandchildren, A.J., Joshua, Luke, Jacob, Thomas, and Callie; sister-in-law, Janice Eckmann; nephew, Kevin and a niece, Renee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Arlo Eckmann.
A memorial has been established to the Dakota Buttes Museum in Hettinger.