Jerome R. Eckstrom, age 82, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
A memorial service will take place Friday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (513 Madison Ave. SE) in Watertown, with the Rev. Jeffrey Engholm officiating. There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.
Jerome was born Jan. 1, 1936, in St. James, son of Raymond and Loretta (Warling) Eckstrom.
He had a love for sports, especially watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He never missed a game, and knew all of the stats for both teams.
Jerome was proud of being a good softball pitcher for many teams in the Watertown-Mayer area.
He enjoyed coaching children’s softball in the Mayer Booster Club, and loved to bowl on many teams throughout his life, winning many trophies.
Jerome went bowling every week in his later years with his good friend, Earl Tesch. He enjoyed playing bingo and having visitors over to talk, too.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Loretta Eckstrom; and brother-in-law Roger Weiland.
Jerome is survived by his loving family: sister Marilyn Weiland of Waconia; nephew Jeff (Becky) Weiland of Plymouth; niece Jennifer (Darrel) Helmbrecht of Mayer; great nieces and nephews Katie and David Weiland; Zach, Molly, and Rachel; and other relatives and friends.