Tony (Anton) Eckert

tony (anton) eckert

Tony (Anton) Eckert, 85, Fargo passed away Tuesday, November 16 at Essentia Health, Fargo.

Tony was born March 8, 1925 to Joseph and Johanna (Wald) Eckert in Bismarck, ND. Tony grew up in the Bismarck area and attended St. Mary's School.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1943. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Tony moved back to Bismarck where he married Cecelia (Sis) Berger. He went to work for his father and brothers in the family painting business, Joe Eckert and Sons Painting/Contracting. Tony moved to Fargo in 1976, where he started a painting business with his 2 sons, Tony Eckert and Sons Painting/Decorating.  He retired in 1983.  He was extremely proud of the business and enjoyed working with his sons and carrying on the family tradition. 

In August 1981, Tony married June (Kennedy) Eckert in Valley City, ND.  They enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, and vacationing with friends.  He enjoyed working with his hands, building things for all his children and grandchildren's homes, doing carpentry and woodworking.  One of Tony's passions was spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.

Tony was a proud member of the VFW club, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion.  He was well liked and enjoyed being with friends and family.

Tony is survived by his loving wife June, his 6 children and her 9 children.  His sons, Roger (Barb) Eckert, Fargo, ND, Bob (Candy) Eckert, Bismarck, ND; his daughters, Toni Marie (Gary) Riveland, Bismarck, ND, Debbie (Mark) Mosolf , Bismarck, ND, Carla (Rick) Rasmussen, Detroit Lakes, MN, Tracy (Mark) Geohring , Janesville, WI; her sons, Ronald Kennedy, Dallas, TX, Roger Kennedy, Fargo, ND, David (Dawn), Buffalo, WY, Neil (Judy) Kennedy, Fargo, ND, Steve (Deb) Kennedy, Fertile, MN, Paul (Christina) Kennedy, Phoenix, AZ; her daughters, Carol (Roger) Dean, Minot, ND, Susan (Jerry)Pederson, San Bernardino, CA, Jean (David) Schaefer, Crosby, MN; 21 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; his brothers, Joe (Billie Jean) Eckert, Bismarck, ND, Dick (Kathy) Eckert, Bismarck; his sisters, Marie Simons, Bismarck, ND, Karen (Bob) Schmidt, Bismarck, ND, Lucille (Jim) Doerfler, Arvada, CO; sister-in-law, Jeannie Eckert, Bismarck, ND.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Casper, his brother-in-law, Dale Simons, his daughter-in-law, JoAnn Eckert, grandson, Christoper and June's son, Michael Kennedy. 

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  2. Blooming Prairie Minnesota
    To June & Family

    We were so sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. Mike & I will remember his humor & good nature. Our last visit seeing Tony will remember his hug.
    You were both great neighbors.

    We love both of you very much!!!

  3. St. Louis Park MnI can’t say how much I am sorry Grandpa Tony is no longer with us. He was a very special person and I loved him dearly. He will truly be missed! I will always remember his smiles and smooches and will always hold him near and dear to my heart! Grandma June and family, I am sorry for your loss. I will pray for you all to have comfort in this time of sorrow. May all the great memories of Grandpa Tony warm your hearts, as the tears fall.

    With Love,

  4. Bismarck North Dakota
    To Tony’s Kids – The Bowen Aveune neighborhood was a fine place to start in life for young people because there were good role models among the parents, like your dad, who worked hard and taught by example.
    Sorry for your loss.
    Dennis Neumann

  5. ValleyCity, North Dakota
    I am so Sorry to hear about Tony passing away. My Sympathy is with all of you folks. Take Care.
    Mavis Myers

  6. Bismarck ND
    Bob, Roger and Family

    So sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Rod and Dianne Bender

  7. Janesville WITracy and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss…our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    Take Care
    Love, Lisa & Janet

  8. Fargo ND
    June and family ,
    Tony was such a part of our lives for 7 Dalton and Shelton he was granpa next door.we shared many great
    laughs.he was truly a great man with a generous and kind heart .may he rest in peace.

  9. Fort Collins COTracy, Mark and Family,
    We am so sorry to hear of the passing of Tony. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    He is Gone

    “You can shed tears that he is gone,
    Or you can smile because he lived,
    You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
    Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember him and only that he is gone
    Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
    You can cry and close your mind be empty and
    turn your back,
    Or you can do what he would want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

    ~ David Harkins

  10. Fargo ND
    So sorry for your loss Carla and to you mom, brothers, and sisters!!

    May your father rest in peace!!

    My sincere condolences to all of the family and friends!

    God Bless.


    Alison Leach

  11. Tony was a great friend to us. We enjoyed our many visits, golf excursions, dice games, shared meals, and trips to the casino. Tony was a great guy and will be missed!

  12. Tony was a great friend to us. We will always remember the great visits, the golf excursions, the meals shared, paying dice and going to the casino! What a great guy! We will truly miss him!

  13. Washburn ND
    Roger and Barb, Scott and Amanda and Jarod, I was so sad to learn today that Tony had passed away. He was a great dad, grandpa and great grandpa. I enjoyed visiting with him at Jarod’s graduation. He still had that sweet sense of humor that I had always loved about him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. I am reminded of how hard it was to say goodbye to my dad two years ago, and how your kind words and presence comforted me then.
    Peace and love to you all,

  14. Dilworth MinnesoaCarla and Tracy

    I was so sad to see that your dad had died. I remember meeting him when we worked at the VA. And you always talked about him. May you find comfort in your memories. I am so sorry for your loss.

    love Patty

  15. Bismarck ND
    To Tony’s Family: I am so deeply sorry to hear about your father/ grandfather. He was such a nice man and I loved his humor. He always brightened my day whenever I saw him. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. Give ony a kiss on the cheek for me as this is what I always did when I saw him. Penny Dockter

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