Clifford Eugene Eccles, Sr., age 86, of Mankato, passed away Monday, April 4, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Cliff had many careers over his lifetime. He spent 12 years in the Air Force as an A&P Mechanic which took him all around the United States. Cliff was a talented man who owned Eccles Upholstery for many years doing custom car interiors and restoring furniture. Later in life, he went back to school to renew his A&P license. He retired from Northwest Airlines.
Cliff is survived by his children, Steven (Connie) Eccles, Terry Larson, Ed Eccles, Jeff (Rachel) Eccles, Wendy Eccles, Charlotte Johnson, Boon (Lana) Eccles, Joe Eccles, Jennifer (Jarret) Harrington, Symantha (Shawn) Cobham, Aaron (Marisa) Eccles, and James (Leesha) Eccles; his siblings, Barb Raiber, Judy Griffith and Bob Eccles; brother-in-law, Buzz (Connie) Johns; and a boatload of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth Eccles; mother, Alta Eccles; father, John Eccles; sisters, Ginny Johnson, Juanita Vulcan, Sylvia Compton, Etta Mae Stuber, and Rosetta Hruby; and brother, John Eccles.
On any given day if you asked Cliff how he was doing, his reply would be “Fat and Sassy”. He always had advice to give, a smile on his face, a cup of coffee and a cigarette in hand, and would give you the shirt off of his back…literally! He loved doing things with his hands (he was able to fix just about anything), playing cards and bingo, growing roses, and enjoying the company of his family. He was our Wise Old Owl, the Leader of our Pack. He will be missed immensely by all of us.
A very special thank you to Susana Aranda, Mayo Home Hospice, and Jaime from Adara for the loving care they provided for Dad in his last months of life.
A Celebration of Cliff’s life will be held on July 17, 2022 in Mankato. More information will be shared at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the USO or the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.