Michael John Eckenrod, age 54, of Grand Junction, Colorado, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 18, 2021, surrounded by Jen and family following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mike was born December 15, 1966, in Charles City, Iowa. He was the son of Lorraine and Richard Eckenrod.
Mike graduated from Charles City High School, attended NIACC in Mason City, Iowa and finished his education on a basketball scholarship at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Mike was employed at UPS for 26 years. His love for basketball led him to become a high school and college basketball referee for over 20 years.
He enjoyed all sports! He loved basketball, working out, golfing, having a good time, and, of course, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Most importantly, Mike enjoyed being around his friends and family and making memories.
Mike was preceded in death by his dad, Richard Eckenrod, sister and brother in law, Linda and Ron Apel, nephew, Steve Apel, and niece, Faith Eckenrod.
Mike is survived by Jen (Oscar) Meyer, his mom Lorraine Eckenrod, of Charles City, Iowa, his brothers Keith (Cindy) Eckenrod, Tom (Lori) Eckenrod both of Charles City, Iowa and Bill (Jill) Eckenrod of Waverly, Iowa and his sisters Deb (Kirk) Bailey, Jean (Jerry) Wiltse, Nancy Eckenrod of Charles City, Iowa, and Karla (Jeff) Klein of Prior Lake, Minnesota.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at Adobe Creek Golf Course in Fruita, Colorado, on Friday, July 23, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Mike wanted to be honored by getting together, laughing, and telling stories. Please bring a favorite story or memory to share.
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