Joseph John (Jack) Ekl


Joseph John (Jack) Ekl of North Huntingdon passed away on Saturday, May 13 at the age of 79.  He is survived by his wife Frances (nee Bugajski), and they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in June; his children: Debra (Ken Popelas), Joseph Jr. (Victoria), Randy (Maxine), and Robert (Donna); eight grandchildren: Tim, Brian, Adam, Spencer, Laura, Emily, Keith, and Justin; and brother: Terry (Brenda).  He was preceded in death by his parents John and Eleanor (Busata) Ekl, brother Tom, and sister Eleanor. Jack was a long time employee of General Motors, retiring with 45 years of service. The majority of his career was at Fisher Body, Dravosburg, as a supervisor in Tool and Die. He served in the Army National Guard, and received an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a inspector of Nike sites in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas and was also an instructor of Officer Candidate School at IndianTown Gap. Jack had many interests, including belonging to the GMC Motorhome club, where he previously held the office of Vice President of the Eastern States Motorhome Club, and enjoyed putting on seminars. Jack enjoyed photography, especially of covered bridges.  He was also a locksmith, hunter, mechanic, computer club member, and researched the family genealogy, cataloging thousands of family members.  He was instrumental in building the PAL baseball fields. He was quite involved in PAL basketball, as a coach, referee and commissioner for many years.  He was truly a Jack of many trades. Visitation will be held at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home on Clay Pike in North Huntingdon on Tuesday, May 16, from 2PM-4PM, and from 6PM-8PM.  A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church on Wednesday, May 17, at 11:30AM, followed by interment at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Norwin Public Library Ancestry Genealogy.

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Donna Rhoades

Dear Ekl Family,
So sorry to learn of your loss. Our deepest sympathy and prayers.
The Costa Family

 Posted May 21, 2017 - 11:36am
Tim Chiudioni

Joe, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers going out for the entire Ekl family.

 Posted May 17, 2017 - 12:24pm
Jeff Stutz- GM

Joe, My deepest sympathy during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

 Posted May 17, 2017 - 11:40am
Douglas Sturgis

Joe and Family, So sorry to learn of your father passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Douglas, Phily, Victor and Yumin

 Posted May 16, 2017 - 11:23pm
Brian Miller

Sorry to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family in this difficult time.

 Posted May 16, 2017 - 2:34pm
JR & Jeanne Slaten

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ekl family. JR and I had many happy times with Joe at GMC Conventions and rallies. We will miss him and will cherish the memories.

 Posted May 16, 2017 - 11:03am
John and Susan Durocher

I am sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my deepest sympathy.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 2:51pm
Gary Telleck

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Ekl Family on the passing of Joe sr. Joe was a great boss to me during my time in the Pittsburgh plant.
Young Joe has been a friend to me since we both worked in Pittsburgh and when we all moved to Michigan.
My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 2:36pm
Chelsea Rood

Joe and Family,
So sorry to hear about your loss, keeping you and your family in my thoughts during this tough time. My sincere condolences.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 2:12pm
Dan & Claudia Popelas

We were so sorry to hear about your father's passing. We know this is a very sad and difficult time for your family. You have our very deepest sympathy.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 2:10pm
Dan Mayo

Joe, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this tough time. May he rest in peace.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 1:48pm
Mitch Popovski

Joe, and Family,

I'm very sorry to read of your loss. May he rest in peace in the Lord's house. My sincere condolences.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 12:42pm
Herb Owens

Joe, I am so sorry to hear about your father. As you know, I was lucky enough to have worked with your father on several occasions at the old Pittsburgh plant. I thought he was a wonderful man and he shared a lot of stories with me and some of his photography. He was a very interesting person to get to know since he seemed to be involved in so many things. I am sure you will miss him...but try to cherish all of the good times. My heart goes out to you. God bless you and your family. May your father rest in peace.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 12:29pm
Carl Klemencic

Joe, and Family, My sincere Condolences to your Entire Family.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 12:25pm
Ray Toth

Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My condolences to you and your family.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 12:12pm
Michael Campbell

Joe & Family,
So sorry to hear about your father, my deepest condolences. I hope you have many great memories of his life to cherish.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 11:59am
Eric & Patty Campbell

Joe, We'd like to express our condolences to you and your family. We pray for your Father and that the God Blesses him for all eternity.

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 11:56am
Jerry Johnson Jr

I offer my sincere condolences to the Ekl Family. Rest in peace Mr. Ekl

 Posted May 15, 2017 - 11:52am

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