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Donald Eckhoff

d. December 1, 2016

Donald G. Eckhoff, age 68, of Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends.

Donald is survived by his spouse, Steve Willis; son, Jason (Amy) Eckhoff; sister, Mary (Dwayne) Rose; brother, Mike Eckhoff; granddaughter, Emily (Nick) Williams, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents and two brothers, Bill and Fred.

Donald was born on September 15, 1948 the son of Bill and Helen Eckhoff.

He worked for State of Illinois, Division of Child Support Services for over 32 years.

Dapper Don was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and the CEO of Dapperland, “Where the Fun is Always Free.”

Visitation for Donald will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home from 4-7 PM. The family will be having a private funeral service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made out to Menard County Animal Control.


  1. We are so sad!
    Don was a wonderful man and friend.
    And we are so thankful that we rearranged our normal post-Thanksgiving celebration to a pre-Thanksgiving celebration! It was a great day with our friends Don and Steve.
    We ache with Steve and will never forget Don at future celebrations.

  2. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Dapper was an amazing person that I had the pleasure of knowing. He opened his heart and home to us and for that I’m very grateful. He always made me feel like family and will always be in our heart. You will be in our prayers, we love you and thank you always.

  3. Steve, Hack, and family I’m sending my deepest condolences to you. I’ve known Dapper for over 20 years and loved him like a father. He taught me, loved me, and welcomed me as part of his family. That is a debt that I could never repay. I will always miss Dapper and his sayings ” who wants some action; or The pack is Back; and Or shots are us ” tonight we celebrate your life and remember all that made you Dapper. We love you man.” Dapper I’m always grateful rest in peace and I LOVE YOU ” Your Beanman

  4. So very sorry to hear this Steve. Find comfort in the memories you have. Prayers to you and your family. Gerald and Vicki Martin

  5. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. May the words of Christ Jesus be of comfort to you which he states that all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. We are also comforted by God’s promise to wipe away the tears of sorrow from our eyes forever and to swallow up death forever.

    John 5:28,29
    Isaiah 25:8
    Revelation 21:3-5

  6. Jason & Amy, You are my thoughts & prayers for strength & peace through this & in the coming days. Love you. Lulu

  7. Deepest sympathy, so sorry I missed this, prayers Jason

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