10 March 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Frank R. Eckman, Sr.


Frank Eckman, Sr., Sadsbury chief
(note: my husband's father)

Frank R Eckman, Sr., 65, Sadsbury Township Police Chief died Sunday, January 16, at Lancaster General Hospital after a short illness.
He was the husband of Dorothy Marie Deyoe Eckman. They had been married 44 years.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John C and Mabel Florence Eckman.
He had been involved in law enforcement for 34 years. He served as Sadsbury Township's police chief since 1982. He was also the township's emergency management coordinator.
Prior to his employment with Sadsbury Township, he served five years as a part time officer for both Colerain Township and Little Britain Township.
He moved to Lancaster County in 1975. Before moving, he worked for the Philadelphia Police Department beginning in 1957.
While in Philadelphia, he performed various assignments in the patrol and traffic dividions and was a member of the department's motorcycle drill team.
Mr. Eckman received the Philadelphia Police Department's Medal of Valor for his actions after he was shot in a raid in 1970.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Philadelphia Lodge 5, the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Lancaster County and national association of police chiefs and Christiana Fire Company. He was an honorary member of teh Atglen Sportsman's Club, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a master class target shooter, achieving status in the 2600 Club.
Besides his wife he is survived by two sons Frank R Jr., and Glenn A., both of Kirkwood; Wilma L., wife of William H LeMon, Sr., Eileen S., wife of Kenneth Walkling, and Lucille Bernardo, all of Philadelphia, and a sister Josephine F. Pelikowski of Atco, NJ, and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements by the Brown Funeral Home.

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