Pottawattamie County in Iowa
Pottawattamie County in Iowa

Oakland in Pottawattamie County

Frank J. Eckels

Homicide

Frank J. Eckels
73 YOA
Oakland Motel and Café
Oakland, IA
Pottawattamie County
Shot: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1958
Died: Saturday, Dec. 6, 1958

Frank Johnston Eckels, 73, was shot and wounded during a holdup at his motel and café in Oakland, Iowa, on Wednesday, December 3, 1958. Eckels died three days later on Saturday, December 6, at a Council Bluffs hospital.

Courtesy Cedar Rapids Gazette, Dec. 7, 1958

Courtesy Cedar Rapids Gazette, Dec. 7, 1958

According to coroner Henry Meyer, an autopsy revealed that death resulted from kidney failure due to shock caused by the gunshot wound.

Eckels had just closed his café in the small town located along the West Nishnabotna River when he was accosted by an unknown assailant who shot him through the left shoulder as he turned to flee, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported in an article dated Sunday, December 7, 1958.

The suspect robbed Eckels of between $300 and $400 and escaped, the Gazette said.

Investigators confirmed Eckels was the victim of a robbery and his death was classified as a homicide.

About Frank Eckels

Frank Johnston Eckels was born May 17, 1885 in Lake City, Iowa, to Frank Eckels and Jennie (Wadsworth) Eckels.

Frank Eckels gravestoneCourtesy photo Elizabeth Meriwether, findagrave.com
Frank Eckels was buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery next to his wife, Gertrude.

He married Gertrude Greenslade on June 29, 1915 in Allen, Ohio. She preceded him in death in 1951.

Frank was laid to rest in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Pottawattamie County.

Information Needed

Anyone with information about Frank Eckels’ unsolved murder is asked to contact the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (712) 890-2200.

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