The funeral for Harold C. Ekker, 83, former Wayne County commissioner and civic leader, was held Monday in the Loa LDS Stake Center.

Mr. Ekker, 83, died May 2, 1991, of natural causes in Salt Lake City. He was born Feb. 2, 1908, in Hanksville. As a teenager he was a lineman for Western Union Telephone and Telegraph. He attended school in Hanksville and Green River. He and his wife, the former Nell Maxfield, to whom he had been married 61 years, had made their homes in Loa and Hanksville.Mr. Ekker was a charter member of the Wayne Wonderland Lions Cub and the Southern Utah Civic Club. He was a county commissioner 16 years, serving as chairman in 1981.

He served as president of the Hanksville Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in getting U-95 surveyed and paved in 1976 as the Utah Bicentennial Highway. Also, he is credited with helping to get a highway built through Capitol Reef National Park via the Fremont River and in getting bridges constructed over the Colorado and Dirty Devil rivers.

A viewing was held Sunday evening in Hanksville and Monday before services in Loa. Burial was in the Loa Cemetery.