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William "Bill" Eckhoff William "Bill" Eckhoff passed away on Saturday, June 8 th at the age of 68. He was born in Floral Park, New York on January 12, 1951. He served two tours as an Army sergeant in Vietnam from 1968 - 1970. After his service, he lived on Long Island and married Kim Eckhoff in 1976. They moved to Arizona in 1986 and Bill began his 28- year career as a United States Postal Service carrier. Well-known for fixing just about anything, Bill's family, friends and customers relied on him often for his mechanical ability and unending willingness to help. He would never disappoint when asked for a favor. Whether he was asked to build scenery for his kids' school play, run errands for a neighbor, or help a friend restore his '54 Chevy, he would get it done. He took pride in everything he did. When delivering mail, landscaping his yard, or cooking a gourmet meal, every task was done with precision. Food was his currency. If Bill cooked for you, you knew he loved you. Pampering his family and friends with Sunday feasts was his signature. He was the Pied Piper with babies and animals, always willing to please them by wearing silly hats to entertain or taking them on long walks or preparing them delicious snacks. Wherever he went, kids and dogs followed. He had a passion for touring the West on his Harley then spending endless hours polishing it for his next adventure. Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kim Eckhoff, his son Matthew Eckhoff and daughter-in-law Kelly Eckhoff, his daughter Justine Emeigh and son-in-law Will Emeigh, sister Judy Mulhearn, sister Linda McGinley, brother Kenneth Eckhoff, four grandchildren, Charlie, Lyvia, Dakota and Axel and his two dogs Henry and Pearl. A Celebration of Life will be held for Bill on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Palm Valley Community Center, 14145 W. Palm Valley Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85395 from 5 - 9 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bill's memory to the American Cancer Society and the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA.
Published on June 19, 2019
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Bill and Gloria Roogers
Jul 03, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss, Kim. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
Our story of Billy started at the Eckhoff house on 23rd St where we hung out with Judy and Linda when we were teenagers. Billy was the little brother - always with a big smile on his face and always a fun kid.
Years later, we shared Harley rides, camping trips, western adventures, motorcycle trips and a wonderful friendship that lasted through the years. He was a great friend, a proud Vietnam veteran, and the best cook. We will never forget our last meal with him – he made us meatballs and spaghetti on Super Bowl Sunday. It was a great day that we will cherish forever.
We will miss him always. Sending our
...love and prayers.
Rest in Peace.
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Linda Dee & Russ Krueger
Jul 02, 2019
I basically grew up with the Eckhoffs on Long Island. His sisters, Judy and Linda, are still my best friends.
Bill was a Vietnam Veteran and served his country proudly. He never let any of us know of his perilous duty. He did not want his Mother, Mary, to worry about him.
We were all so happy, relieved, and proud of him when he returned home.
Russ got to know Bill these past few years and always enjoyed their visits together.
For some reason, Bill nicknamed me 'Matilda' but none of us remember why. LOL!
We feel blessed and honored to have known such a wonderful man. He will be sorely missed.
Rest in Peace, Bill Eckhoff.
Our deepest love and sympathy to Kim and the family.
Joanne and tommy Blaser
Jul 02, 2019
We knew Billy from school, always a great guy and friend, saw him at our Walt Whitman high school reunion in October of 2018 and enjoyed talking and reminiscing, so sorry to hear of his passing our prayers go out to Kim and his family, Rest In Peace Billy ♥️
Rich Towne
Jul 01, 2019
I am sorry for your loss Kim and your entire family. Bill was one of the most generous people I have ever known. He was always helping me with my cars and motorcycles back in the'70s on Long Island. He could fix anything. We rode our Harleys together along with Roy. In 2015, I flew out to Arizona. Roy and Bill picked me up at the airport and we spent the night at Bill and Kim's. The next morning, Bill loaned me one of his Harleys and he and I rode up to Roy's house un Chino Valley. All 3 of us headed out the next day on the bikes to Durango, Colorado. We spent 2 nights in Durango and had a great time ! It is a trip that I will never forget. Bill let me use his motorcycle for the rest of the ...week. Not many people are trusting and generous enough to let someone use their motorcycle for a whole week. But that is the kind of person that Bill was. I will always remember him as that kind of man. He was one of my heroes, having served our country in Vietnam. Rest in peace my friend.Read more
Chris Lopez
Jun 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss Kim. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Judy & Bob
Jun 19, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Praying for comfort and strength for Kim and families!