Thomas E. Eckert, 91, Huntington, IN, died at 2:20 p.m., December 26, 2020, at his residence.
Mr. Eckert was a 1947 graduate of Huntington Catholic High School. He served in the Army National Guard for five years. He retired in 1991 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 166. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 3rd degree and a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
He was born March 8, 1929 in Huntington to Raymond and Emma Jane McVoy Eckert. He married Winifred (Winnie) Nicholson on Oct. 28, 1950. She survives in Huntington.
Additional survives include 14 children, Kathy (Gary) Bishop, Huntington, Jerry (Diane) Eckert, Huntington, Tony (Sarah) Eckert, Warren, Connie (Nick) Gast, St.Henry, OH, Carol (Larry) Hohe, Huntington, Cindy (Kevin) Prus, Huntington, George (Terri) Eckert, Markle, Clare (Roger) Hunckler, Mocksville, NC, Margaret (Larry) PeGan, Huntington, Rose (Brian) Carroll, Warren, Mary Ann (Mark) Schaefer, Columbia City, Sarah (Mike) Garrison, Fort Wayne, Dr. Julia Eckert, Coldwater, OH, and Rev. Tom Eckert, CSC of Notre Dame; 49 grandchildren and 82 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by four sisters, Betty Kindler, Huntington, Mary Jane (Don) Bartrom, Huntington, Marilyn (Buddy) Hayes, Huntington, and Diane (Jim) Carl, Huntington, and four brothers: Chas (Judy) Eckert, Robinson, IL, Dave (Mary) Eckert, Huntington, Kenny (Cheri) Eckert, Huntington, and Ray Eckert, Huntington.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Jack, Fritz, Don and Joe Eckert.
Viewing will be held from 10 to 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 860 Cherry Street, Huntington. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon with Rev. Tom Eckert, CSC, presiding. Those in attendance are asked to follow COVID protocol for masks and social distancing.
Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Huntington, IN.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for Huntington Catholic School in care of McElhaney- Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN, 46750.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcelhaneyhartfuneralhome.com.