In loving memory of

Robert Eckmann
August 2, 1978 - November 6, 2023

Robert Eckmann, 45, of Glenwood, IA, passed away Monday, November 6, 2023 at Avoca Specialty Care in Avoca, IA. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at the First Presbyterian Church of Neola in Neola, IA. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood is caring for Robert and his family.

Robert Herbert Eckmann, 45 of Glenwood, IA, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2023 at Avoca Specialty Care in Avoca, IA after a short battle with cancer.

Bob was born on August 2, 1978 in Council Bluffs, IA, the son of Dennis Eckmann and Joni Jensen. He was a long-time resident of the Glenwood Resource Center and a graduate of the Glenwood High School in 1999. Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Neola, IA.

Bob was most well-known for his infectious smile. He was very good at catching attention from the ladies with that smile and rarely missed the opportunity to draw them in for a photo. He loved his Glenwood family. He lived there for over 40 years and, during that time, the staff, other residents and volunteers became an extended part of his family. The highlight of Bob's days were outings to the zoo, fishing and all social activities. He enjoyed the holidays the most, from dressing up for Halloween to his visits home for Christmas where he could spend time with his family. Bob was rarely seen without his rubber chicken and was particularly fond of the days when he could watch as his small nieces and nephews played around him. Bob participated in the Special Olympics for 12 years and was proud of his many medals and ribbons in batting, bowling, basketball and volleyball. God's plan for Bob was grace. He graced everyone who knew him.

In March 2023, Bob moved to live at the Woodward Resource Center where he lived until September of 2023 when he entered hospice at Avoca Specialty Care.

Bob is survived by his mother Joni Jensen of Council Bluffs, IA; father Dennis (Cathy) Eckmann of Neola; siblings, Michael Eckmann (Crystal), Aaron (Amanda) Nelson, Daniel (Mallory) Nelson, Jon (Andrea) Nelson; 8 nieces; 2 nephews, maternal grandmother Loretta Jensen of Neola; and many other beloved friends and family.


Tracy Gregory wrote on Nov 15, 2023:

"Bobby was simply the best! His smile and laugh could brighten anyone?s day. It was a pleasure and a true honor to know him."

Connie Moore wrote on Nov 15, 2023:

"Bobby was such a sweet heart. His smile would just make your day. He was our angel here on earth but now is an angel in heaven with many of his friends from GRC"

Katherine King wrote on Nov 15, 2023:

"Bobby was a one of a kind person. He was always happy and his spirit lifted others everyday. He is gone from us now but our many memories of Bobby will always remain in our hearts. "

Richard and Julie Ward wrote on Nov 15, 2023:

"My husband and I were blessed to know him over twenty years. We didn?t take care of him; Bob took care of us. Whenever the job or our personal lives drained us of patience or hope, his smile and laugh would replenish both. He contributed more to this world than mos people.."

Tammy wrote on Nov 15, 2023:

"I?m sorry for your loss. ? Bob was a joy to work with. He was never without a smile to brighten up our days at GRC. "

Sarah Eckmann-Black wrote on Nov 10, 2023:

"This breaks my heart. Rest in Peace cousin. We may not have ever met, but we are family and you are in my prayers. "