David D. Eckelbarger, 91, of Bluffton, IN, and with ties to Huntington County, IN, died Saturday Aug. 14, 2021, at his residence.
Mr. Eckelbarger graduated from East Union Center High School and worked his entire career as an over the road truck driver. He started driving for Gerber Dairy. He retired driving for Ormsby Trucking Company. He attended the Bluffton Wesleyan Chapel in Bluffton.
He was born on Dec. 28, 1929, in Huntington County, to Lawrence and Mary Carter Eckelbarger. He was married to Sarah Larita Eckelbarger. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include nine children, David W. (Ruthie) Eckelbarger, of Bluffton, Ronald L. Eckelbarger, of Montpelier, Diana M. (Ron) Uptgraft, of Decatur, Debra S. (Jim) Streater of Carmel, IN, Sharon R. (Bill) Smith, of Uniondale, Daniel J. (Karen) Eckelbarger, of Craigville, Samuel D. (Lisa) Eckelbarger, of Louisville, Elizabeth A. (Kevin) Fiebig, of Fremont, Timothy L. Eckelbarger, of Craigville; four sisters, Anna Bell McCartney, of Bluffton, Marilyn (Don) Wilson, of Markle, Nancy Adams, of Beaverton, MI, and Joyce Green, of Markle; 39 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 49 great-great-grandchildren.
Calling will take place on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. A celebration of life service will immediately follow with Rev. John Bigger and Daniel J. Eckelbarger officiating.
Burial will take place at Oaklawn Cemetery in Ossian.
Memorials may be made to the Bluffton Wesleyan Chapel and can be directed to the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at thomarich.com.