Frederick “Fritz” A. Eckert, 79, Huntington, IN, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:02 p.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN. Mr. Eckert was born on February 25, 1934 in Huntington, IN to Raymond and Emma Jane McVoy Eckert. His parents preceded him in death. Mr. Eckert married June M. Stoffel on May 7, 1959 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Huntington, IN. She preceded him in death on September 13, 1983. Mr. Eckert was a 1952 graduate of Huntington Catholic High School. Mr. Eckert served in the U. S. Navy from 1953-1957. Mr. Eckert was a pipefitter/steamfitter for Shambaugh & Son, Fort Wayne, IN. He was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Huntington, IN, VFW Post #2689, American Legion Post #7, Knights of Columbus #1014, Moose Lodge #837 and Steamfitters/Pipefitters Local 166.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Eckert, Huntington, IN and Paul Eckert, Owenton, KY; four daughters, Brenda (Tom) Shaw, Linda Sellers, Donna Eckert, Theresa (Mark) Kitt, all of Huntington, IN. Mr. Eckert is survived by five brothers, Tom (Winnie) Eckert, Huntington, IN, Charles “Chas” (Judy) Eckert, Palastine, IL, David P. (Mary Catherine) Eckert, Kenneth (Cheri) Eckert, Raymond Eckert, Jr., all of Huntington, IN; four sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Kindler, Mary Jane (Don) Bartrom, Marilyn (Buddy) Hayes, and Diane (Jim) Carl, all of Huntington, IN. Mr. Eckert is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Along with his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald Eckert, John “Jack” Eckert, and Joseph Eckert.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a recitation of the rosary at 6:00 p.m. at McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson Street Huntington, IN.
Additional calling hours will be held at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry Street, Huntington, IN prior to Mass from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry Street, Huntington, IN on Monday, September 9, 2013 with Father Ron Rieder, OFM Cap officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Huntington, IN.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church or to the Masses in care of the McElhaney–Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St. Huntington, IN 46750.
McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to www.mcelhaneyhartfuneralhome.com