Elaine K. Ekle

May 19, 1949 - September 11, 2020

Visitation: Visitation will be Saturday from 6-8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.
Service: Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Canton Lutheran Church.

Elaine Kaye Ekle passed away peacefully at Ava’s House of Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 11, 2020 at the age of 71. Her funeral service will be at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Canton Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

She was born to the late Marvin Kuyper and Alice Diekevers, on May 19, 1949, in Inwood, Iowa. She graduated from West Lyon High school in 1967. She retired for Adams in 2010. She married the love of her life Rich Ekle, May 28, 1970, and they lived in Canton, South Dakota the last 50 years. She loved to go on motorcycle rides, decorate for the holiday seasons, watch sprint car races, buy jewelry and travel. She had a wonderful smile that could light up a room. She was a member of The America Legion in Hudson, South Dakota and loved to volunteer her time helping the post.

She is Survived by her loving husband of 50 years Rich Ekle; her son Keith (Amber) Ekle, Bellevue, NE; granddaughters- Katelyn (Jimmy) Barnes, Salt Lake City, UT, Morgan and Adalee Ekle, Bellevue, NE; her mother Alice Dekivers, Inwood, IA; sisters- Eloise Hoekstra, Rock Rapids, IA, Carol (Doug) Friest, Harrisburg, SD, Norma (Alan) Maurer, Larchwood, IA, Mary (Warren) Koele, Hull, IA, Diane (Verlin) Wildeboer, Canton, SD; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her son Wade Ekle in 2007, her father Marvin Kuyper, and brother James Kuyper

Honorary pallbearers are Eloise, Diane, Mary, Norma and Carol sisters of Elaine and niece Kady (Kathryn).


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  1. Rich,
    Sorry to hear of your loss, you have my sympathy. May you find solace in your memories and you have my prayers being sent your way.

  2. Rich and Keith and family- I am sorry for your loss. I just heard about it minutes ago, and i was shocked. We are praying for all of you during this difficult time. Elaine was always so friendly, and such a happy person. When the person you are closest to is gone, hold on to their memories and know that they are always with you. With deepest sympathy=Al and Susy Teach

  3. Richard and Keith, I’m so sorry to hear that Elaine passed away, you have my deepest sympathies. I will keep you family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time🙏🙏. Elaine was always so nice to me and always had a smile on her face, she will be greatly missed!

  4. My thoughts at with you during thus time I am so sorry for your lose Elaine will be in our hearts and memories forever .. Wishing you Strength and peace during this these hard times
    Lynn Vaksdal

  5. My thoughts are with you during this time I am so sorry for your lost ((( Elaine ))) will be in our hearts and memories for ever ….
    Wishing you Strength and peace during this hard time

  6. I am so sorry to hear! I didn’t know she was ill! I will pray for you all!
    She was always so fun to be around. Had many good times with all the Legion things!

  7. So very sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. Richard and Keith, you have my deepest sympathies. I remember so many good time with her and you guys, she has gone way to soon. Love you guys!

    With great affection, Perry and Katelyn

  8. Richard, so sorry to hear of the lose of Elaine. She always had time to say Hello wherever ever you met her. She was a good person for you, she will be missed. And to her sister Diane, so sorry for your lose. Thinking of you both. Loren Wallem

  9. Elaine was the best. Such a lovely person to visit with and be around. Prayers for strength and comfort in this difficult time.