Herschel L. Eck

September 17, 1965 - July 19, 2022

Herschel L Eck

Herschel L. Eck, 56, of Bartlett, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022, surrounded by family at his home.

Herschel Leon Eck was born September 17, 1965, to Donald Irvin and Marilyn June (Beisly) Eck in Carthage, MO, the youngest of 4 children. The family moved to rural Bartlett, KS when Herschel was 2. He attended Ellis, Fairview, and Bartlett Elementary Schools, graduating from Labette County High School in 1984.

As a kindergartener, Herschel told his classmate, Jeanne Marie Busbee, that he loved her. The night of his high school graduation, Herschel officially asked her to be his girlfriend. They married 13 months later on June 23, 1985. Their steadfast commitment to God and their deep love for each other set the foundation for their life together. Just prior to his death, Herschel and Jeanne celebrated their 37th anniversary. They tell with joy and glory to God that they never, ever had a fight. A few disagreements, maybe, but never a fight.

Herschel was extremely talented and enjoyed working with his hands. His creative mind and mechanical aptitude made him a go-to resource across his family and community. He valued hard work, integrity, and personal responsibility, and never asked anything of someone else that he wouldn’t be willing to do himself. He considered it a privilege to provide well for his bride and their growing family, and at one time worked two jobs to do that.  Throughout his life, his size 15 shoes stepped in many places of occupation. This included dairying, grain farming, growing 100 acres of sorghum cane, and producing Golden Mill sorghum syrup. He was a valued machinist for Parsons Precision Products and Sektam of Coffeyville. He also rebuilt fire-trucks for 1st Due Emergency Response and did first-class carpentry for Gellenbeck Installation Inc. In his almost 20-year tenure with the Bartlett Co-op, the entire organization came to depend on him for solutions large and small.  He served as Captain for the Hackberry Township Volunteer Fire Department, devoting many hours to protecting and supporting his community.  His knowledge, skills and genuine concern for those around him made him a true example of just being a good neighbor.

His practical wisdom and deep faith made him a trusted resource in his church family as well. He served many years as a trustee for the Church of God in the local congregation and the annual camp meeting at Monark Springs, MO.

In his free time (what free time??), Herschel loved playing his guitar and singing with his family and friends. He also enjoyed reading poetry and penned several of his own songs and poems.

What happened the summer of 1979 is perhaps the most important part of Herschel’s story. On July 28, 1979, Herschel gave his heart to the Lord. Thus, began almost 43 years of living for Jesus. Herschel never went back. When it came time to face the end, he did so with confidence, knowing that his name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Survivors include:

His wife – Jeanne, of the home

Eight children – Caitlin Michael (Philip) of Topeka, Kansas

Walter Eck (Karyn) of Oswego, Kansas

Loren Eck of Mound Valley, Kansas

Davis Eck of Bartlett, Kansas

Alea Eck of Bartlett, Kansas

Clifdon Eck (Breanna) of Bartlett, Kansas

Jason Eck of Bartlett, Kansas

Dakota Eck of Bartlett, Kansas

Herschel loved every minute of his time as Grandpa to Gator, Gavin, a grandson on the way, and a beloved foster granddaughter.

Two sisters – Cynthia Meek

Jeannette Ross (Larry)

One brother – Ivan Eck (Eileen)

One brother-in-law – Phillip Busbee

Two sisters-in-law – Angela Gellenbeck (Dan)

DeeAnn Busbee

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, community, co-workers and friends celebrate his life and cherish his memory.

Herschel was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marilyn Eck; his beloved in-laws, Leslie and Sylvia Busbee; and his brother-in-law, Jon Busbee.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Center Christian Church in rural Columbus.  Burial will follow at Lake Creek Cemetery in Bartlett.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Chetopa.

Memorials are suggested to the Africa Mission & Beyond or Kindred Hospice.  These may be left at or mailed to the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, KS  67336.  The family requests no flowers or plants due to scent sensitivities.