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OBITUARY

Kermit Allen Ecklebarger

December 10, 1935May 15, 2020

Kermit Allen Ecklebarger was born on December 10, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on May 15, 2020 in Redmond, Washington at the age of 84. Kermit's family is planning to have a Celebration of his life in the near future.

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Jim Means

May 20, 2020

To Shirley and children: Kermit was a wonderful brother and I respected and loved him greatly. My instant memory was the faculty retreat when some of us faculty went climbing a mountain with Bob Alden. Bob left all of us far behind and when we were trying to get down some of us fell, including Kermit and me, rolling over and over on the rocks. He got hurt worse than I did, however. I already miss him greatly. We grieve not as those who have no hope. Sincerest condolences. Jim Means

Bill Klein

May 20, 2020

Shirley, Kermit Jr., and Kay,
I met Kermit when I joined the Denver Seminary faculty in the Fall of 1978. He and Don Burdick warmly welcomed me as a colleague into the New Testament Department. From that first semester until his retirement, I found Kermit to be an enthusiastic and relentlessly positive person—about his classes and colleagues, about the Seminary, about preaching and teaching in the churches, about his marriage partner, about his children “young Kerm” and Kay, and about his faith in Christ. He exuded the joy of the Lord and was a great encouragement to all who knew him. Generations of students will recall his course in biblical interpretation, affectionately called “kermeneutics”! I felt honored when it fell to me to carry on his legacy in teaching hermeneutics after he retired. After his official retirement, Kermit agreed to teach online courses for several years: he loved teaching. He was also an effective administrator. He oversaw the D.Min. program and eventually was appointed Dean of the Faculty by President Ed Hayes. As Dean, he appointed me to be the Associate Academic Dean, so I got to work closely with Kermit on various projects and initiatives. I came to admire his oversight of the Seminary’s affairs and equally his pastoral concern for students. His steadfast faith in the Seminary’s mission and, more importantly, in his Lord, was apparent in all he did. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
And, thanks to you Shirley, for your warm hospitality. Phyllis and I were welcomed into your home on numerous occasions, often to celebrate our work together in the New Testament Department. You were truly a valued partner in Kerm's ministry--it was a joint effort for which we all praise God.

Judy Diehl

May 19, 2020

Shirley, we are so saddened by Kerm's passing. He will be so missed. He was my professor, my mentor, my inspiration. I loved teaching 'his' class and was so thankful for his foundation. Dave and I ate with you, cheered the Broncos with you, loved the Rockies with you and remembered the Christmas village with you. So many wonderful memories. We are sending you tons of love!! Judy Diehl 💓💓

Judy Diehl

May 19, 2020

Judy Diehl

May 19, 2020

Chris Johnson

May 19, 2020

Shirley and family,

I had the pleasure of meeting Kermit (and Shirley) almost 10 years ago when I started working at Denver Seminary. Whether it was Arizona, Washington or in Colorado, Kermit's zeal to love on people wherever you guys were was evident. I was always so encouraged walking away or wrapping up a phone call with Kermit and he always reminded me the importance of our advancement work. I wish I got to experience the DU hockey games with you both and I loved hearing those stories. May God's peace be with you all deeply in this season.

Craig Blomberg

May 19, 2020

I served with him as NT colleague from the first year I was hired. Then he was my dean. Then he taught ten years of online courses for us in retirement. When I came in 1986, many students said he was their favorite professor. The required course he taught to almost all students was renamed in his honor--Kermeneutics. I never once heard him get upset with colleagues in public, even when many might have lashed out because of the ways he was at times treated unfairly. He took 20 years, while teaching full-time and surviving the death of his first doctoral supervisor, to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His retirement celebration at the turn of the millennium featured David Ward's hilarious impersonations of him (and of many of us) on a large-screen video feed. He regularly preached and taught in local churches even leading our longtime board member and chair, Bill Ward, to the Lord in his younger days. He loved the Rockies and about once a year sold us four seats to a game near the first-base dugout (which he in turn had bought from Bill). His wife, Shirley, loved to be involved in everything related to seminary people--esp. faculty and students' wives. He named his son Kermit, Jr., just before the Muppets became famous; how could he know? (His daughter, Kay, fared better with names.) Denver Seminary learned this morning that he died yesterday of an apparent heart attack. I believe he would have been 85 this year. Enjoy your heavenly reward, Kermit Ecklebarger. You will always be one of my heroes and cherished friends! If I live as long as you did, I'll see you in about 20 years. Save me a box seat!

Marshall Shelley

May 19, 2020

Dear Shirley and family,
Kermit was my professor and role model in many ways. As a student at Denver Seminary in the early 1980s, I not only took his class in hermeneutics but I served as his grader for a year. I learned not only the science of Bible interpretation but also, by observing him, the spirit of Bible interpretation. I know you miss him and grieve his loss. I pray that as the days go by you will also know the Spirit of all Comfort.
--Marshall Shelley

Douglas Groothuis

May 19, 2020

Dear Shirley and Family:

Kermit was on the committee that hired me as a young philosopher to work at Denver Seminary in 1993. He was welcoming and kind. You both opened your home to my wife Rebecca (d. 2018) and her parents in the summer of 1993 when they were looking for a home for us. I was in Russia at the time. That was kind of you.

Kermit was an enthusiastic and energetic member of Denver Seminary and served for many years as Dean, not an easy job during those days especially. I appreciate that. He followed Christ well. I am so sorry for your loss, which is, though, only temporary if we are followers of Christ, as was Kermit.

Sincerely,
Douglas Groothuis

Brad Widstrom

May 19, 2020

1990's vintage faculty photo of Kermit at Denver Seminary

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