Gwen Eck was born Gwendolyn Joyce Dix on February 13, 1933, in what was then The McPherson County Hospital. She was the youngest of three daughters born to George and Erma Dix. Her sisters, Hazel and Dora, were both much older, making her the baby of the family. While in high school, she was an accomplished baton-twirler and took great pride in leading the marching band in the McPherson County All Schools Day parade as well as performing at the bandshell.
While still in High School at age 17, she married her lifelong partner, Leonard Eck, on June 20, 1950. She would spend most of her adult life as a homemaker raising sons Joe, George and Jon, born of that union. One of her favorite hobbies was handwriting analysis, through which she obtained a Master’s Degree.
After her husband Leonard retired from Kansas Jack in 1993, he formed his own business called Ecktronics, and Gwen found a new role as his helper. She would handle the books, correspondence, shipping and other duties to help make Ecktronics a success.
After Leonard died in 2010, her cousin Joan gave her a cat that she named "Precious". Precious kept her company and occasionally nibbled on her tropical plants in the sunroom she greatly enjoyed.
Gwen went to be with her Lord and Savior April 27, 2023, at the home on north Hartup that she shared with Leonard for over 50 years. She was 90.
Survivors include: sons, Joe of the home and George (Ramona) of McPherson. Gwen was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, her parents, sisters, and son, Jon.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday, April 30, 2023, at Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, May 1, at Emmanuel Church Cemetery, 2161 Comanche Rd., Galva.
Memorial donations may be given to the McPherson County Food Bank in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.