Dr. Sherrill Eldren Echternkamp

June 20, 1943 - August 11, 2022

Dr. Sherrill Eldren Echternkamp, 79, of Lincoln Nebraska, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2022. He was comforted by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Sherrill was born in Columbus, Illinois to Eldren and Eleanor Echternkamp. He grew up farming. He enjoyed 4-H and FFA. He graduated from Southern Illinois Univ, Ohio State Univ and Cornell Univ. He became a physiologist for the USDA. He dedicated 40 years to cattle reproduction research at Roman L Hruska Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. He and his wife Lynn raised their children Renee and Eldren in Clay Center. He was actively involved in the Zion Lutheran Church. He volunteered his time to Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, and South Central Behavior Services. He was a volunteer EMT for forty’ years. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring antique and vintage Fords. He was actively involved in several car clubs including Cornhusker V-8 club.

Sherrill and his wife Lynn were married 51 years. They moved to Lincoln area in 2005. They were active in Sheridan Lutheran Church where Sherrill enjoyed singing in the choir and service trips to Tanzania.
Sherrill is survived by his wife Lynn; his son Eldren who lives in Hickman, Ne with his wife Elizabeth and their children Kennedy, Ethan and Keagan; and his daughter Renee who lives in Deer Park, Wa with her husband Ty and their children Lake and Kylan. Sherrill stated he was looking forward to reuniting with his parents and friends in Heaven.

Services will be held August 15 at 10am at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 6955 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln, Ne. He will be laid to rest in Clay Center cemetery at 2pm.

Memorials may be given to Down Syndrome Association of Nebraska.



  • Kennedy Echternkamp, Honorary Pall Bearers
  • Ethan Echternkamp, Honorary Pall Bearers
  • Keagan Echternkamp, Honorary Pall Bearers
  • Lake Carroll, Honorary Pall Bearers
  • Kylan Carroll, Honorary Pall Bearers
  • Butch Stratman, Honorary Pall Bearers
  • Cliff Heftie, Honorary Pall Bearers



Memorial Service


Sheridan Lutheran Church

6955 Old Cheney Rd.

Share a Memory or Condolence

August 18, 2022

My sincere condolences to the family. Although living in Ireland, Netherlands and Canada, I knew Sherrill for my years as a research colleague. A nice guy and a good scientist, he will be missed.

– William Enright PhD
August 13, 2022

Lynn and family: I am so sorry to hear of Sherrill’s death. Cherish your memories of him.

– Cheryl Matthews
August 13, 2022

Lynn & family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of Sherrell. My thoughts & prayers are with you & all the family. I remember your visits to Sherrell’s mom Eleanor & always enjoyed talking with you & Sherrell. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.

– Jackie Casey
August 13, 2022

It is very sad to see Dr. Echternkamp leave so soon! He was an amazing researcher and role model. May his soul rest in peace.

– Pauline Aad

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