Harold W. ‘Hoss’ Eckert, 84, Army vet, Wohlsen Construction retiree, brave hunter

By on March 8, 2017

Harold “Pap” Eckert, 84, died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Brethren Village.

Born in Hopeland, he was the son of the late Chester and Irene (Enck) Eckert. He shared 61 years of marriage with Anna Mae (Haldeman) Eckert, who passed away in 2014.

An Army veteran, Harold was a life member of the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, and many other committees and activities. He retired from Wohlsen Construction. Harold last worked at Garden Spot Auto Auction in Lincoln.

He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time with family in Tioga County at the hunting cabin, as well as family vacations at the beach in Wildwood, N.J. He cherished spending time with family at dinners, and as an avid supporter at family baseball games. Harold was a kind and loving man to so many. He was best known for his sharp wit and sense of humor.

Harold is survived by a son: Theodore “Ted” H. Eckert, husband of Nina Almoney-Eckert, of Lititz; a daughter: Annette I. Swartz, wife of Samuel O. Swartz, of Ephrata; grandchildren: Travis and Amy Eckert, Nicole and Andrew Snyder, Mitchel and Raven Mondo, Mason and Lora Kauffman-Mondo; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stradling Funeral Home, 201 Church Ave., Ephrata. An additional viewing will be held Thursday, March 9, from 9 to 10 a.m., at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, 351 Middle Creek Church Road, Lititz, followed by his funeral service at 10 a.m., with Pastors Paul Brubaker and Ivan Lutz officiating. Interment will take place in the Middle Creek Brethren Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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