Mark James Ecklund 1954–2020 Wells—Mark James Ecklund entered his eternal rest Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Mark had been hospitalized for several days struggling with end stage COPD. Visitation will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells from 4:00 -7:00, with a funeral service at 7:00 PM, officiated by Pastor Steven Lorenz. Burial will be Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Fairview Cemetery in Kiester, MN. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit brussheitner.com Mark was born May 12, 1954, in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Robert and Helen (Havens) Ecklund, Kiester, Minnesota. He was greeted upon his entrance into heaven by his Mother, Helen Ecklund, Father, Robert Ecklund, Sister, Sandra Albers, Nephew, Dirk Albers, Aunts and Uncles, and Grandparents. He is survived by one son, Taylor Ecklund in Hawaii, one sister, Robbin Ecklund in Arizona, his life partner, Kathy Kroger, three nieces, Nikki Doherty in Arizona, Tami Janzig, and Tia Grunst, and one nephew, Stacy Albers, all in Minnesota. Mark also leaves several great nieces and nephews, and many friends. Mark graduated from Kiester High School in 1972. He then went to work for the family trucking company, Ecklund Trucking, as a truck driver. He later became owner/operator and drove for various other trucking companies in Southern Minnesota. Mark had a beautiful singing voice and he sang at numerous weddings. He also loved to sing Karaoke and did that as often as his schedule would allow. Mark had an amazing sense of humor. He was quick-witted and could come up with one liners quicker than most people can even think! He was literally hilarious. He loved to laugh and make others laugh too. He was quirky, fun, and a bit mischievous but he also had a very sensitive side and wasn't afraid to shed a tear. Mark loved riding his motorcycle every opportunity he got. It was a very difficult day for Mark when he realized that his health would no longer allow him to ride. He also loved his pet dog, Smokey. He was also very proud of his son who was in the U.S. Navy.
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