Marvin Leslie Ecklund

Marvin Leslie Ecklund, 76, of Independence, Missouri passed away April 8, 2017. Mr. Ecklund was born December 13, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri to Leslie and Dorothy Ecklund.
Marv was an artist at heart. He was super creative and able to work in any medium. He could draw, paint, sculpt, weld and was able to master any craft that piqued his interest. In later years, he designed and built custom wood furniture. He lived a fairly simple life with simple pleasures. He had a passion for muscle cars and being a master mechanic. He always kept his own cars and like everything else in his life they were spotless, clean, and in perfect working order.
He was clever, witty, had an easy outgoing personality, and was always happy to share his talents with friends, neighbors, and strangers alike. One could always depend on him to lend a skilled, steady hand whenever they needed help getting something done right.
His philosophy in life was to stay busy and not dwell too deeply.
He leaves behind his sisters; Sonja and Holly, his children whom he loved dearly; Misti, Brett, and Gregory, and their mother Sandra.


  1. Leo Bukowski on April 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I know for certain we shared witt. I’m ashamed, we never had an hour of conversation in our lifespan. I was the black sheep. Cousin Leo

  2. Sonja Waugaman on April 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Marvin was a wonderful brother in many ways, but whenever we needed something especially built for a disabled family member, all we had to do was ask. We could design it and he would build it to specifications, then deliver it. And it always worked perfectly.

    Every year on my birthday, he would let me know that I was his OLDER sister and I will miss that.
    It’s so hard to let him go and I will miss him so terribly much. Love you, Marvin.

    Your Sis,

  3. Frankie Gosney on April 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Marvin’s passing. We worked together for years at Shore Tire. We had lunch together about two years ago just to catch up. He was always a great guy that I considered a friend. I’m in shock. I will miss him. Prayers to his family and friends for your loss. Any information on services?

  4. Susan Atha on April 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Marv was definitely someone special. He could build anything, draw anything fix anything or show you how to do it. He loved going for rides listening to old music and eating at family diners. I will truly miss those special rides. Marv loves his family dearly and was very proud of all of them. Marv will truly be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  5. Diana Johnson on April 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    He was my favorite customer! He brought such joy to my life! I’m so very sorry for your loss!

  6. Larry Stroth on April 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    A great brother in law and good friend will truly be missed.

  7. George and Robin Shore on April 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Marvin was truly one of a kind. He was part of the Shore Tire Company for many years and always was a wonderful employee and friend. No job was too bard for him and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

  8. April Dunlap on April 12, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Marv was a true blessing to our family and will be missed dearly. We loved him so much and shared many memories as neighbors and friends. Our hearts are touched forever after getting to know Marv so well! We love you Marv!!

    Jeffrey, April and Parker

  9. John and Mary Lea Shore on April 12, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Marvin was a faithful, honest and loyal employee of Shore Tire Company for practically all of his life until retirement. His dedication to the Shore family was exemplary. He led the product and customer service departments for the wholesale and retail divisions. No job was too big or too small for this talented man. Marvin, you truly were “one of a kind.” We will miss you!

  10. Courtney Franzeskos on April 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Marvin I will always miss our morning talks at work every morning. You were always a truly great friend. I will miss you. Prayers for your family and friends.

  11. Thea Lindstrom-Ecklund on April 13, 2017 at 2:27 am

    To Brett, Greg & Misti… I feel your pain deeply my family. I was only 18 when we lost Dad, & my heart goes out to you knowing how difficult that is. Your Dad and mine were an awful lot alike. It’s comforting to know they are reunited & with grandma and grandpa. I’m here if you all need anything. Love the Ecklunds!!

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