Thursday, May 18, 2006

Richard Clay Eckland, 62, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at his home in Eagle Rock.

He was a former resident of Wichita. He was born on June 8, 1943 at Wichita, Kan., to Paul Clay and Pauline Barbara (Current) Eckland. He graduated from high school and lived most of his life in the Wichita area. He married Susie Jean Hall on Nov. 12, 1965, and to this union was born two daughters, Shelley Ann and Becky Sue. He was employed as a production worker for Love Box Company and later became a truck driver for Fleming Foods. In August of 1990, Richard and his family moved to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he was self-employed. In 1994, they moved to Eagle Rock, where Richard was a business owner for several years. He was a member of the First Assembly of God in Eureka Springs, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include: his wife, Susie; his daughters, Becky Eckland, of the home, and Shelley Crawford, of Eureka Springs, Ark.; and four grand-children.

Memorial services will be held Friday at 7 p.m. the First Assembly of God, in Eureka Springs, Ark. with Pastor Gene Gilmore officiating. Graveside services were held May 9 at the Grace Lawn Cemetery in Howard, Kan. A memorial has been established with the First Assembly of God Church in Eureka Springs, Ark.

The funeral arrangements were made with the Zimmerman Funeral Home of Howard, Kan.