He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his sons, Scott (Lorinda) and Justin (Kendra); and granddaughters, Hayley and Rae Anne.
After college, he had a career as a food sales representative as well as serving in the Washington Air National Guard.
Technical Sergeant Eklund was a member of the 141st Security Forces as a flightline security specialist.
During his time in the Washington Air National Guard he served in many deployments, including DESERT STORM from 1990-1991.
His son and daughter-in-law joined the Air Guard in 1991, and he was able to participate in various 141st ARW deployments for training and exercises with them.
He retired in 1998 with a total military service time of 22 years.
He lived his life with dignity and honor while enduring the effects of a long illness.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Aloysius Parish, 330 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, WA on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:00 noon with inurnment immediately following at Spokane Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior, Spokane, WA 99202.