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Larry Keith Eckard

January 10, 1937 - June 27, 2019
From: Spirit Lake, IA | Originally: Royal, IA
Larry Keith Eckard

Larry Keith Eckard

Born: January 10, 1937
Died: June 27, 2019
Age: 82

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Larry was born to Elmer and Rowena Eckard on January 10th, 1937.  His childhood years were spent in Milford, Iowa, where he received his education from Milford High School.  While at Milford he was involved in every athletic activity possible and dabbled in school plays (who knew).  He continued his education at Mankato State for whom he played football and track. 

     He began his teaching and coaching career at Royal and remained there for 35 years teaching science, social studies, health, physical education and general business.  The last years of his career he served as high school administrator and athletic director.  Larry began his coaching career as head girls basketball, track, and softball coach.  Shortly thereafter he became the head boys football coach and served in that role for 20 seasons.  Larry received many awards during his teaching and coaching years; some highlights include:  Junior High Science Teacher of the Year, N.W. Iowa Football Coach of the Year, N.W. Iowa and Officials Association Jerry Golden Award, Royal Jaycees Devotion to Youth Award, and was inducted into the N.W. Iowa Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame.

     Larry married Judy Johanson on August 11th, 1963 in Spencer, Iowa.  Following their marriage they moved to Royal and remained there until 2003 after which they moved to Big Spirit Lake.  Larry was devoted to the city of Royal and served the community in many ways.  He was instrumental in the planning, organization and development of the city’s Memorial Park.  Throughout the years he also served as Boy Scout leader, city council member, Royal Lions Club member and past president, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church council member.  In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing (achieving a hole in one), and attending any and all sporting events.

     Larry passed away on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  He was 82 years old.

     He is survived by his wife, Judy Eckard of Spirit Lake; two daughters, Kristi Eckard and her husband, Dan Garrett of Des Moines and their children, Megan Pearson (Scott) and Harrison Eckard-Garrett; Robyn Rasmussen of Des Moines and her two boys, Gus and Walt Rasmussen; sister, Lois Kohns; brother, Marv Eckard; sisters-in-law, Dianna Eckard and Louise Eckard; and several nieces and nephews.

     Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob and Don; brother-in-law, Dick Kohns; and sister-in-law, Alice Eckard. 

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 1 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, IA.
Pastor Mark Wilms
Don and Wanda Helmkamp
Russ and Gladys Eddie
Marlin Gustin
Almeda McDonnell
Bob and Gayle White
Jack and Marietta Schemmel
Visitation with the family present will be from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30 at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, IA.
Congregational Hymns

"Jesus Loves Me"
"Amazing Grace"
"Softly And Tenderly"

Organist, Sue Brugman
Willow Creek Cemetery
Royal, IA


Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 8:52 AM
“Judy and family, Sorry to hear about Larry. I remember Larry as always having a smile and being friendly. He gave his all to the Royal community and made it a much better place. God Bless. ”
- Alan Bailey
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 2:45 PM
“Coach Eckard was a great man who was universally loved and respected. Few people have had such a positive impact on so may over the years. All of us who knew or played for him thank the family for sharing him with us. He made us better people and he taught us life lessons we use today. May he rest in peace. ”
- Rick Klinker
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8:11 AM
“Mrs. Eckard, I am so sorry for the passing of Mr. Eckard. He was a very favorite teacher of mine. In PE at Clay Central he was fun and understanding. He will always be remembered as a wonderful teacher and human being. Also Mrs. Eckard, I have very fond memories of our talks and your support. God bless.”
- Diane Parks
Friday, July 5, 2019 at 4:44 PM
“Judy I just heard about Larry. I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers hugs to you!!! I there’s anything I can do please call let me know. My number is 1-(712)-240-3749. Sending you lots of love!!! ( I took care of Larry at Lake Park) Love, Mandy Salmon”
- Mandy
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 9:49 PM
“Love and Prayers from Wyoming.
The Aults”
- Don Ault
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 9:49 PM
“Eckard family. Please know that Larry made a big impact in my life and many others I am sure.
Quite the role model in school, sports , and being a good person.
Jim Binkard ”
- Jim Binkard
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6:55 AM
“Judy and family, I was so sorry to hear about Larry. I can remember when he first came to Royal. I never had him as a teacher, but I remember him as a very nice man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Linda Hindt
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6:55 AM
“Judy and family - Sending deepest sympathy for your loss. I know Larry was highly regarded in Royal. Even though I never had a class with him I knew he was well-liked by everyone. ”
- Linda Brugman Hindt
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6:54 AM
“Judy and family, so sorry to hear of you loss. Parkinson’s is a nasty disease and difficult for family. May you be comforted by the Lords promise.”
- Ron and Nancy Bauman
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6:54 AM
“Judy, my deepest and heartfelt sympathy for you and the girls during this difficult time. Coach Eckard inspired countless lives... "Work Hard, Play Hard" was not just something Coach said, he lived it! Coach Eckard was the "Real Deal", a true Mans, Man, a great husband, father, friend, teacher and Coach... I recall a phone call I made to "Coach" almost 20 years ago, I was an assistant football coach for Whiting High School. I was trying to inspire the boys and get them to believe the in the new football program. I'll never forget Coach Eckard's response, "Inspire by hard work, fundamentals and of course, WINNING!".... God Grace is Coach Eckard's lead blocker on his final Touchdown Run... ”
- Brian Newcomb
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Judy and Family: Sorry to hear of Larry's death----Darn Parkinson's. It took a good man. We have wonderful memories of all his good deeds for his family and for the Royal Community!! Hang onto those wonderful memories to keep him close in your hearts. Sending our Love and Sympathy. HUGS
- Chuck and Donna (Christensen) Tielbur
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Judy, I'm so sorry hearing about Larry. (Poots)”
- Marlys Emmert Sievers
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“I am so very sorry....he was one of the best.....”
- Mary Iverson enema
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was one of the realest people one could ever meet. That laugh I can still hear and his eyes smiled too. Such a great gift to CC. And the Royal community. I am sure Mac was waiting to welcome him on the best fishing trip ever. May you find peace in this painful time knowing he lived a meaningful life. Prayers for peace in all your hearts. Love and light.”
- Sue Phelps
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:51 AM
“Dear Judy & family ...I extend to you my sincere condolences during this season of healing time. May you all continue to feel the Lord rising His peaceful, faithful strength within your spirit. 🌺”
- Claudia Lundberg Orwig
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:51 AM
“Judy and family, Larry was a great friend, colleague, and mentor. He taught me a lot about teaching, fishing and being a good and decent person. I hold so many wonderful memories from days on Okoboji to Friday night lights to those fish fries and faculty gatherings after the game. Christ’s Peace.”
- Doug and Mary Pat Jones
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:51 AM
“I was sorry to hear this news. Mr Eckard was a very positive force in the community. When I think about home in Royal, I think about some of the most admirable people I’ve had the privilege knowing. Mr Eckard is amidst the top of that list. ”
- Jeff Galloway
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:51 AM
“To a truly great person and a wonderful brother-in-law. You will be missed. We love you.”
- Barb and Denis
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:50 AM
“I was honored to take over the AD position when Mr. Eckard retired. He helped me a lot. He touched so many lives. Peace be with his family. ”
- Paul Wick
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:50 AM
“He was simply the best. So sorry for you loss.”
- Lisa Kaiser (Johnson)
Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 11:11 AM
“Thinking of all of you.”
- Kim Halverson Untiet
Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 11:11 AM
“Please accept my deepest condolences! Mr. Eckard was a great teacher. He had the best laugh! 29 years later and I can still hear it! I always remember him being so nice. He never had a bad word to say to me and he was always smiling!

I will hold you all in prayer as you go through this difficult time. ”
- Amy K. (Lewis) Oser
Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 7:50 AM
“I was sorry to learn of Larry's death. He was one of mom's favorites. Big Clay Central reunion in the sky. So many memories flashed by when viewing his tribute. Good memories of you and larry. June Johnson”
- June Johnson
Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 7:49 AM
“Sending heartfelt condolences. Larry was a teacher and coach of mine many years ago. To say everyone loved him would be an understatement!”
- Anni McClung
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 6:52 PM
“We are so very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was always such a quiet man but always friendly. Bryan always has talked so fondly about his 4 years of high school basketball with Larry as his coach. Larry was a wonderful coach and everyone liked him! May God wrap his arms around you all and help you through this! Hang on to your memories! ”
- Bryan and Gayle Bailey
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 3:49 PM
“Judy, Kristi, Robin and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was my favorite coach and I learned a lot from him. I was proud to wear the Blue and Gold for the Clay Central football team, and to go out to compete with Larry on the sidelines. May he rest in God's peace. Vince Fahnlander ”
- Vince Fahnlander
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 3:49 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope he didn't suffer. I remember him as such a nice man and coach. May your memories and friends comfort you.”
- Sara French Suda
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 9:49 AM
“Thinking of you all and praying for peace and comfort.”
- Angie Hagedorn
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8:04 AM
““Judy, Kristi and Robyn, I'm so sorry for the loss of Larry. There are so many memories of Larry and Clay Central School to be treasured. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
- Connie Lundbeck
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8:04 AM
“Judy, Kristi, and Robyn, my heart is heavy. I want to send my love and support to each of you as you go through this loss. Larry was an amazing man and I will remember his smile always! Hold your memories close and let them guide you through this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Kelly DeYoung”
- Kelly DeYoung
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6:58 PM
“I have so good memories of school days...the fun we had in Mr. Eckard's classes, and I know Terry loved his Comanche Class, when they went outside for P.E. year round! Years later, when we were building hog barns, Mr. Eckard painted them for us. We chuckled because he was still 'Mr. Eckard' to us, even then. We could never call him Larry, because it just wasn't right. And those hog barns, and the care he took mixing and spraying that labor intensive epoxy paint? I wish he knew that one still stands, and has paint as good as it was the day he put it on the wall, even after all that pressure washing! I am thankful for his lessons and guidance...always a kind and pleasant man. May God comfort your aching hearts, Judy, Kristi, and Robyn, and fill you with the peace that only He can give. Soak up this time of sharing memories as you celebrate his life...a life truly well lived!”
- Marcia Steffen
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6:45 PM
“Judy, Kristi, Robyn and family—my deepest condolences at the loss of Larry. Wonderful guy, wonderful family and you are all in my thoughts. Love to you all. ”
- Lori (Thomsen) Johnson
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5:36 PM
“Judy and girls, I know we will all remember Larry in some special way. For me it was the way he would come into the office with a smile, a pat on the back, and a few happy words. It will always be a pleasant memory.”
- Judy Langholz
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5:35 PM
“To Larry's family,
Where do I start?? I have so many memories of Larry... from when we taught together at CCE!! I admired his determination, attitude, and willingness to work together as a family of teachers that cared . He loved to tease too.....but we would give it right back!! My heart hurts for all of you.
We are wishing you moments of peace and many tender reflections.
May God bless and keep you all as you walk through this time of sorrow together.
You are in my prayers. ”
- Bob & Audrey Schmidt
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:57 PM
“Judy and family,
I am sad hear about Larry and please know you are all in our prayers. I will never forget his smile and that laugh, and what a wonderful coach/teacher he was!!! He will be missed, and we are confident in God's word that he is walking with Jesus (perfect in every way)! We celebrate a life well lived! Love to all Laura Tostenrud Carlentini”
- laura Carlentini
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM
“Judy and family, we are so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Our sincerest condolences and prayers for God's comfort and peace during this difficult time.”
- Mike & Renee Elbert
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM
“So sorry to hear of Larry's passing you are all in my prayers and thoughts. Rest in peace Mr. Eckard Shelly (Miller) lorenzen ”
- Shelly lorenzen
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM
“Robyn- My heart is heavy. Your dad had such a huge impact on so many lives, I know his legacy will live on for generations. Please accept my condolences and prayers for peace in the coming days, months and years. Hold tight to those amazing memories. ”
- Jodeane Brownlee
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM
“Judy, Kristi and Robyn, I'm so sorry for the loss of Larry. I hope you find peace knowing that he is in Heaven with no pain or illness. He was such a great guy and I know he with be missed by many. Hugs & Prayers”
- Tami Diekmann (Mugge)
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM
“Sending my deepest sympathies and prayers your family is a find part of my childhood and will always be”
- Sue higgins
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:55 PM
“Μy sincere condolences my dear family. You are in my thouhgts and prayers. ”
- Helen Tsirou
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:55 PM
“Judy and kids,
We were very sad to hear of Larry's passing. Know that he is in a good place now and at peace. Our prayers are with you. ”
- Lance and Shirley Selzer
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3:55 PM
“Larry, The man I wan't to be...the man I tried to be...the man I learned to be...but never THE MAN you were...I'll be there to send you off...put a good word in for me...”
- Joe Medema
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