David Charles Eklund, Sr. DDS
Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hagerstown SDA Church
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Hagerstown SDA Church
On Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020, David Charles Eklund Sr, a loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 80.
On a small gravel road near the Susquehanna river at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, David was born. It was December 16, 1939 in Perryville, MD. His father Everett Janney Eklund had worked on the tugboat in the Baltimore Harbor before moving to Perryville and began working at Aberdeen Proving Ground as a steam operator. His Grandfather, Adolph Fritz Eklund had immigrated from Goteborg, Sweden in 1890 on a Ariosto potato boat. His mother was born in Honaker, Virginia. Her father worked in a coal mine and died of black lung disease at age of 29. David lived in a small home that his father paid $1000 dollars for. He had one older sister, Myrtle Pauline, that was married to Willard Lee which are predeceased in death. He had one older brother that died at 11 months of pneumonia and whooping cough in the era before penicillin. They had a milk cow (Peaches), raised chickens and had a pig. He enjoy riding his Chincoteague pony (Lady) that his father bought at the firemen’s auction. He loved outdoors, fishing and hunting with his cousin Sonny Tiller. He was active in the boy scouts and became patrol leader.
David was the first one in his family to complete High School. He graduated from Perryville High in 1958. He lettered in basketball and played soccer. After graduation he completed a business course from Goldey-Beacom Business School. From there he worked at Elkton Supply Company for a year. During that time, a friend encouraged him to go to Washington Missionary College in Takoma Park, MD. David graduated with a degree in Zoology and applied to University of Maryland Dental School. He met Von Marie Steinmetz at Washington Missionary College. They were married August 23, 1964. After completing dental school he accepted a rotating internship at Wilmington Medical Center in Delaware. He found a practice for sale in Hagerstown, Maryland for $25,000. He chose this area because there was a Seventh-day Adventist Church wth an elementary school and academy. David was passionate about his church and was an active member, teaching in the junior department and being an elder. His love for the Lord shined through him wherever he went.
Because of his love for animals, he found a farm near Leitersburg which he and Von Marie purchased in 1973. He enjoyed farm life and loved his black angus cows. Many people have experienced the Eklund’s Farm because of David and Von Marie’s warm hospitality.
David practiced as a Dentist for 43 years and was so happy when his son Rhett took over the practice. He loved all his patients and considered them his friends.
David is survived by his wife of 56 years, Von Marie: son Everett Janney Eklund (Claudia) and their two children Siera Eklund Chin (James) and Isabella. A daughter, Ingrid Lynn Moon (James) and their children, JayJay, Maggie Lynn and Sam. A daughter, Katrina Marie Crisp and her children Michael and Katelynn. A son, David Charles Eklund and his girlfriend Marilia Leite.
Our family would like to invite you to the celebration of his life on Saturday October 3. The viewing starts at 7 pm followed by the service at 8 pm at the Hagerstown SDA Church on 11507 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742. The graveside service will be at the cemetery next to Principio Methodist Church in Perryville, Maryland at 12:30 on Sunday, October 4th. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to “Healthy Smile Scholarship Fund” www.potomacdentalcentre.com <http://www.potomacdentalcentre.com>.
This program will be livestreamed <http://livestream.com/hagerstownadventist>
We want to thank the caregivers: Olivia Aleshire, ViAnn Johnson at Hospice of Washington County and Doey's House and Dr. Williams at Meritus Emergency Room
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
Condolences to the family. May he rest in peace. Douglas and Grazyna McAbee
Hagerstown , Mcabee
Special memories come to mind when our Eklund neighbors are mentioned.. I have been blessed to know you all and enjoyed helping clean the big farm house. Always enjoyed warm welcome and times together!! Love and prayers at this time of grieving..
I'm so sorry for your loss. May God give you each peace and comfort during this time and through out the rest of your journey as only He can. Big hugs and even bigger prayers for your heart's. May your memories bring you peace as you continue your journey as well. Much Love to you Katrina and your family ❣️
When I moved to Hagerstown as a new bride and teacher, I ask a fellow teacher for help in finding a dentist. She suggested Dr. Eklund. Forty-six years later I am still going to his practice. He was an excellent dentist and a truly kind man. I feel blessed to have known him and now to have his son as my dentist.
Aunt Von and family, Dani told me that you lost Uncle Dave and I had a rush of sweet memories of how kind you both were to me and my kids. I was always in awe of the peace and joy you both seemed for radiate. I have no doubt that he is with the Lord today and watching over the family he loves. I hope you find solace knowing that is for sure true. I’ll be thinking of you all knowing you will miss him so much. Love to you all Rhonda.
RISING SUN, MD
My deepest condolences to the family of one of the kindest people I have met. Dr. Eklund was instrumental in helping get me on my feet at a crucial time 39 years ago. A person does not forget such kindness and carries it with her . It helped give me hope at a dark time. His legacy on earth will carry him to eternity. And our Lord will meet him with open arms then. Rebecca
David was a wonderful classmate. We will miss knowing he is around. RIP. PAT
Patricia A Lowell
Dear Von Marie and Family. We were so sorry to hear about David's passing. The Lord blessed you both so much during your lives together. May God Bless each of you as you heal. Ira and Ellen Evans
Ira and Ellen Evans
So sorry for the loss of a kind man, who touched so many hearts with his gentle spirit.
Our family appreciated Dr. Eklund as our dentist as well as he and his family as neighbors in the town of Leitersburg. Dr. Eklund was always very personable with his patients and was missed when he left the practice. Our prayers are with his family at this time.
John and Wanda Vaughn
Hagerstown , MD
David and I grew up together both living on Reservoir Road, Perryville, Md.
Bel Air, MD
Condolences and sympathy to the Eklund family. Our prayers are with you during your time of loss. Always appreciative of Doc Eklund keeping my teeth healthy for 40+ years. With Sympathy Donald Bragunier & Family
Donald & Charlene Bragunier
Clear spring, Md
Von Marie, Rhett and to all the Eklund family; Our deepest condolences for your loss. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs... Ana and Lyndsey
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Von Marie and Family, Our sincere sympathy is being extended to you and your family on the passing of your beloved, David. His winning smile and kind manner will be missed. We have this HOPE that Jesus is returning and will reunite David with you again. That time appears to be soon. With love, Judy and Jerry Winkle
Jerold and Judy Winkle
Walla Walla, WA
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of David Eklund. He has been a pillar in the Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church since he and Von Marie moved to Hagerstown. He was a kind, good dentist and a good old farmer as well as being a wonderful father and husband. It was always evident that he and Von were in love and loved Jesus. I enjoyed several lovely days at the farm, through the years, and he and Von Marie were always welcoming and great fun. David will be so very missed, but we have the promise we will meet him again when Jesus comes. My prayers are with the Eklund family as they deal with this great loss in their lives. God be with you all.
Dr. Eklund was a great dentist and a very kind hearted man. Praying for his friends and family. Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult.
Ami and Duane Reisinger
Hagerstown , MD
So very sorry to hear of his passing....he was a great man and a great dentist! He took good care of my teeth for 40+ years. Thank goodness his son Rhett is following in his footsteps. Praying for comfort for all his friends and family thru this sad time.
Elisabet and Robert Hurley
Dr. Eklund was a excellent dentist, a great man and a true friend. Barbara Coulter
Bob & Barbara Coulter
Seminole, Flloriida 33772
What a blessing he was to everyone who met him. Hope it won’t be long before we meet again. Come Lord Jesus.