Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Eckersley Library Fund

J. Dean Eckersley was a valued member of the Mt. Pleasant community. He contributed to our community through participation in organizations such as the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club, Mt. Pleasant Jaycees, Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Village, Inc. Foundation and the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation.

Dean served as a Captain in the United States Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. During his time with the armed forces, he was a prisoner of war from 1944 to 1945 and received a Prisoner of War Medal for his loyalty and commitment. Dean also received the European Theatre Ribbon recognizing military service members who served in the European Theatre during World War II.

Dean passed away on October 12, 2011. Through his financial support of the Veterans Memorial Library, he will be remembered for his generosity and commitment to the community and to the military. The Eckersley Library Fund is designated to benefit the Veterans Memorial Library, one of the five libraries within the Chippewa River District Library System.

The Eckersley Library Fund will provide educational materials and programs to enhance the ongoing services of the library. Dean's legacy of showcasing true community values will continue to live on through this endowed fund.