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James V. Eckel

Born: Tue., May 31, 1932
Died: Wed., Jan. 27, 2021

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James V. Eckel, 88 passed away in the comfort of the home which he built and shared with his wife of over 62 years on January 27, 2021. He was born on May 31, 1932 to Verne and Margaret Eckel. From an early age he worked on the family farm on Cook Road, Vienna. Jim often milked cows before school, then took the milk in cans to the milk station on his way to school in Camden. Jim and his brother, Aaron, together ran a successful dairy farm.
Jim married Lois Branagan on April 5, 1958 in Lebanon, NY. He was a man who loved his family. Together they had four children, Jeannine, Vienna, NY, Teresa Whipple, Auburn NY, Mary and Noel Clemens, Camden, NY and Donald, Montana. He especially loved and enjoyed his six grandchildren and six great grandchildren: William and Megan Clemens, Grant and Noelle; James and Norene Clemens, Joseph and Cora Lois; Elizabeth and Christopher Takacs; Jeffrey and Benjamin; Julia and Yoshi Takano; and Jacob Abbuhl. He is also survived by his ” daughter” Gidget Baker. He was predeceased by his cherished grandson David Whipple. He was also predeceased by his parents, his sisters Lorna Cable and Marjorie Hart and brothers-in-law Randall Gafner and Dewitt Branagan.
James is survived by his wife, Lois, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also leaves two sisters, Ethel and Alan Palmer, and Judy Gafner, one brother, Aaron and Lila Eckel, brothers- in- law, Russell Hart, David and Allen Branagan, and sister-in-law, Jean and Keith Addy, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. (Ma had way more relatives than he ever did!)
Jim greatly enjoyed acquiring and accurately restoring antique cars and especially trucks. He built a large collection over his lifetime. He and Lois enjoyed the many friends, the activities, and the trips with the antique car and truck clubs to which they belonged. James made a solo trip to Madison, WI in a 1946 Ford pick-up and another to Florida in a 1930 Model A Coupe. Whenever a new person stopped at the farm, he often got a tour of the whole truck collection.
Jim was a member of the Mohican Model A Ford Club, Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America, The Central New York Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, the Vienna United Methodist Church, and the Vienna Fire Department.
As per his wishes there will be no calling hours or services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Interment Fish Creek Landing Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to the Vienna Fire Department, 2875 State Route 49, Blossvale, NY 13308 or to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413
Husband and Father
Son and Brother
Grandfather and Uncle
A good neighbor and Helpful friend
Generous and Supportive
Restorer and Repairer
Builder and Creator
Soil Tiller and storyteller

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Linda Ischia Bewley
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021
Lois and Family: My deepest condolences on the passing of Jim. I have so many great memories of you two at the Model A Christmas parties at Beck's Grove. I am sure he is catching up with Dad and having great old car and trunk conversations. May he rest in peace.

Linda Ischia Bewley

Lucille Phelps
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021
Deepest condolences to the entire family at this difficult time. Sending prayers of comfort your way. God Bless you all.


Lucy Phelps

John Draper Phelps
   Posted Fri January 29, 2021
My very deepest condolences to my dear cousin Jim’s family. Our prayers are with you all.
John & Jeanette Phelps

Dick & Kathy Lalonde
   Posted Sun February 07, 2021
Lois and Family,
What a pleasure it was being part of your lives on the James Eckel farm. I will never forget Jimmie for the many things he taught that helped shape my life, from the moment I sheepishly ask him for a job (introducing myself and he said 'I know who you are') to the last day I worked before running off to college. Jimmie always had a smile on his face and was always ALWAYS open for a little conversation. I admit, when you guys were away we probably ate too much ice cream, splitting a half gallon at lunch might not have been a wise choice😊 To this day I practice a lesson Jimmie taught me, and that is that I do not expect anyone to do anything that I can't do (there wasn't much Jimmie couldn't do!). A good man who will always be remembered.

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