Robert E. Eckert Sr.

Robert Emmett Eckert Sr., 91, of Albion, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Miller’s at Oak Pointe, Columbia City, IN.

Mr. Eckert graduated from Huntington Catholic High School in 1946. He served in the United States Army. He was a truck driver for many years.  He was a member of the VFW Post 4717 in Wolf Lake and American Legion 7 and Moose Lodge 837, both in Huntington.

He was born May 7, 1928, in Huntington to Herman J. and Hazel M. Eltzroth Eckert.  He married Bertha Rudy on June 24, 1977, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 20, 1994.  

Survivors include two sons, Robert E. (Charlene) Eckert Jr. and Richard Lee Eckert, both of Albion; two daughters, Susan (Bill) Forgey and Pamela (David) Shideler, both of Huntington; a brother, Bill Eckert, of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson.

Calling is Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN 46750. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at the funeral home at 4 p.m. Additional calling will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. Rev. Stephen Colchin will preside. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Huntington.

Memorials are to St. Mary Catholic Church, in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN  46750.  

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