Eckdahl Sr., Arnie C., Freeland, Michigan

Passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening November 10, 2011 at Covenant HealthCare-Cooper in Saginaw at the age of 68 years. Arnie was born December 24, 1942 in Saginaw, MI to the late Otto B. and Nadean (Cruse) Eckdahl and has resided in this area all of his life. Arnie worked for B & K (Kuka) Corporation for 30 years, he was also an avid bird watcher, a very hard worker and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. Arnie served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. On September 5, 1965 Arnie married Carol A. Cleary, she survives him. Four children; Colleen (Derrick) Schantz of Hemlock, Arnie C. Eckdahl Jr. of Freeland, Chad (Carolyn) Eckdahl of Raleigh, NC, Bridget Eckdahl of Freeland, seven grandchildren; Kyle, Madison, Jordyn, Aaryn, Allison, Keenan, Chase, his mother-in-law; Harriet Cleary of Raleigh, NC and one sister; Sandy Eckdahl of Midland. Arnie was predeceased by two sisters; Joanne Zdebski, Jeanette Gray and Father-in-law; James J. Cleary. A memorial service will be held on Monday November 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home, Freeland. Per Arnie’s request cremation has already taken place. Friends may call at the Cunningham/Taylor Funeral Home, 310 E. Washington St., Freeland, on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider American Legion Post 0225 in Indianapolis, IN or the donor’s favorite charity.