John was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan and in his younger days enjoyed playing baseball and bowling. He was a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens Trade School and went on to be a Bridge Foreman for the Bear Creek Construction Co. where he later retired from. John had also served our country during WWII in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
Mr. Eckman is survived by his daughters: Candace E., wife of John Y. Stoudt, Karen L., wife of Mark Katalinas; sons: Kerry S., husband of Lukai (Burke) Eckman, John M., husband of Cynthia Eckman; sisters: Freda Shaub, Pauline Denlinger; as well as 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at The Gundel Funeral Home, 415 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602, with visitation the hour prior to the service. Interment will immediately follow the service at Mellinger Mennonite Church Cemetery, 11 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in John's memory to The Thaddeus Stevens College Foundation, 740 East End Ave., Lancaster, PA 17602. Please designate to John C. Eckman. The Gundel Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. For any questions or to send a condolence, call 717-393-1776, or visit gundelfuneralhome.com