Emmet ‘Jim’ Eckman II, 79, USMC/Army vet, was respiratory therapist, barbershopper, Eagles fan

By on January 7, 2015

Emmet “Jim” C. Eckman II, 79, a Lititz resident and a life-long resident of Lancaster County, entered into rest Dec. 27, 2014.

Emmet was the son of Emmerson F. and Maud M. (Myers) Eckman.

Emmet was a proud member of the U.S.M.C., starting as a reserve member while still in high school and finally retiring in 1961. After a short sabbatical, he re-enlisted in the Army National Guard and retired after 34 years in 1995 with the rank of sergeant.

He enjoyed various careers, starting as an Inhalation Respiratory Therapist and later retiring as a warehouse specialist with K & W Tires. Emmet enjoyed going to musicals at the Dutch Apple, singing with the Red Rose Chorus, bowling, reading, dancing, and golf in his later years. He was an avid Penn State football fan and a die-hard Eagles fan.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years: Edna M. Eckman; and sister: Betty Mandros. He has two children: Emmet C. Eckman III, husband of Mindy Eckman, Md.; and daughter: Linda Eckman Wissler, wife of Leo F. Wissler Jr., Mount Joy. He also has several stepchildren: Kathleen Chase, wife of Gordon Chase, Lititz; Eloise Slagle, wife of Robert Slagle, Ariz., Dawn Diehm, wife of Timothy Diehm, Lititz; Dennis Rose, husband of Kimberly Rose, Calif.; and Paula Rezende, wife of Kevin Rezende, Calif. Emmet has two nephews: Chris Mandros and Steven Shelly. Together, he and Edna have 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

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