John Eckel
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Obituary of John Eckel

John Richard Eckel, 69, of Olathe, Kansas, died Wednesday afternoon, June 12, 2019, at his home in Olathe.

He was born January 5, 1950, in Sedalia, Mo., the son of Glenn H. Eckel and Mildred Marie Sims. On November 6, 1971, in Landsford, Pennsylvania, he married Bonnie Lankalis and they enjoyed 47 wonderful years of marriage.

John graduated from Raytown High School in 1968. He served in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1973. He obtained a degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections from Penn State University and began a distinguished 40-year career in law enforcement. During this time, he earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas in 1998. He continued work in law enforcement at the Johnson County Community College for 6 years, retiring as a Sergeant in 2017. He was a member of the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstructionist (NAPARS) and Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators (MATAI). He was also a member of the St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Olathe. He enjoyed woodworking, baseball and riding his motorcycle. John cherished his wife, children, and grandsons.

In addition to his wife Bonnie, survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Eckel Costello, Newport Beach, Ca; a son, Michael John Eckel (Abby), Kansas City, Ks.; 2 grandsons, Hudson John and Harrison Joseph Eckel; 3 brothers, Glenn Eckel (Kim), Weirsdale, Fl; Boyd Eckel (Patty), Lee's Summit, Mo.; and Robert Eckel, (Dawn), Kansas City, Mo.; 3 sisters, Marilyn Will (Jim), Freeman, Mo.; Evelyn Smith, (Ed), Sun City, Az; and Marian Murdoch (Bill), Sarasota, Fl; an aunt, Sandy Riley, Shawnee, Ks.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, Olathe. Burial will be in the Green Ridge Cemetery, Green Ridge, Mo. The family will receive friends before the service from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( or may be left in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, Mo.

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