Well, folks, it appears that I, Gerald Eklofe, have officially checked out. But not to worry! While I may be gone, my generous spirit, humble nature, and resilient attitude remain as a testament to a life well-lived. Born June 19, 1941, in Red Oak, IA to Alvin and Ruth (McClaron) Eklofe, I took life by the horns, and after a brief stop in high school (they didn't need me anyway), I went on to work as a laborer for Pepsi. I also managed to find a home in Hedrick, Iowa, with occasional sojourns to Agency and Ottumwa. I married Lola Handy on August 3, 1963 and we were blessed with 3 children. Lola passed away on April 6, 2007. The only thing better than my passion for restoring old cars was my love for my family. And let's not forget my late-night cookie heists that I thought Becky never knew about.\n\nSpeaking of Becky, I married her on July 2, 2011. We had quite the adventure together, whether it was hanging out at our favorite spot, Culver's, or finding "some pretty good shit" at Goodwill and Walmart. I always did love taking a leisurely stroll, working in the yard, and helping out neighbors. Heck, I even shared treats with fellow nursing home residents! My favorite saying was "all be damned," and I'd like to think I lived up to that sentiment.\n\nI leave behind my beloved wife, Becky Eklofe, my son John (Kay) Eklofe, my daughter Lisa Harrell, my daughter Chris (Shannon) Reinhard; six grandchildren, Emily (Taylor), Erik, Corey, Tyler, Luke, Grady; one step-daughter, Jami Randall; brothers, Larry Eklofe, Bob Eklofe, Chuck Eklofe, Roger Eklofe, Marlin Eklofe; sisters, Violet, Marlene, Noni, Colleen, Delna, Tina, Loretta, Dixie & Bonnie, and one ex son-in-law, Kevin Harrell. I'll be joining my parents, Alvin and Ruth Eklofe; wife, Lola; one granddaughter, Lauren Reinhard; three brothers, Sam, Gary and Joe; two sisters, Marianne and Sandra in the great beyond. I would like to give a special thanks to Tina and Charlie Padgett for all the loving care. \n\n My graveside service will take place on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 11:00 am at Brooks Cemetery in Hedrick, Iowa. In the meantime, feel free to leave memories and upload photos to my memorial page. Just remember, I'll be watching, so make sure they're good ones! Memorials may be directed to Monroe County Hospital, EveryStep Hospice or Monroe Care Center.