Passing of John Eklund

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of John G. Eklund, age 88 of Stanardsville, VA. John passed away peacefully in the presence of family on August 17, 2018 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA, after battling lung cancer and other ailments.


John was born in New York in 1929 to parents John A. and Esther I. Eklund. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Gauss Eklund who passed away in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Marilynne E. Eklund, and his sister Gladys Munhall of New Jersey. He is also survived by two daughters, Anita Eklund Hurley and husband Rick of Richmond, VA and Lynne Louise Eklund and partner David Williams of Manassas, VA and stepson Mike Edwards and wife Suenette of Gainesville, VA and stepdaughter Laurie Edwards Shifflett and husband Kenny of Chantilly, VA, along with grandchildren Justin Shifflett, Ashley Clark, Jeanette Jones, Kellen Hunsberger, Veronica Kepler and Sean Hurley, plus eight great grandchildren.

Nicknamed “Gil” by his sister and parents, John was raised in the Bronx, New York. He entered the Air Force in 1951. He then attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering after attending Officers Candidate School. He retired from the Air Force in 1973 as a Lieutenant Colonel after receiving several meritorious service medals and also serving as commander of Shemya Air Force Base in Alaska.

John and Marilynne have lived in Stanardsville, VA since 2007. He was a champion skeet shooter and traveled across the US for local, World and Armed Forces shoots and enjoyed the camaraderie with his skeet friends. He and Marilynne loved to take cruises on Holland America and traveled to many different locations in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Canada. He also enjoyed traveling in his RV, amateur radio, crossword puzzles, reading, eating at diners across the country along with building and fixing electronics as the handyman extraordinaire.

A private interment at Culpeper National Cemetery will be held in September followed by a Life Celebration for family and friends at the Piedmont Sportsmen Club, 13064 Cox Mill Rd, Gordonsville, VA at 12:30 on Saturday, September 22, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at  

An online guestbook for condolences and memories along with further details are available at the Preddy Funeral Home website

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