Harold E. Eckert

April 16, 1932 ‒ August 10, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

Harold E. Eckert went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, August 10, 2016 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 84.

He was born April 16, 1932 in Lexington to parents Dwight L. Eckert and Leola Kennedy. After he graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1950, he caught the eye of a young lady named Dorothy Fullager square dancing. The pair later married on July 17, 1954 and spent 62 wonderful years together.

Harold served his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker with Cole Tool and Die, where he worked for over 22 years and later went on to General Motors, retiring in 1997 after 18 years.

Over the years Harold was very involved in the Olivesburg and Leesville Granges. He served as the State Officer for over 30 years, the State Gatekeeper for 30 years, Deputy Master of Richland and Crawford Counties, and 10 years on the Ritualistic Production Committee at the National level.

The Grange was not the only extracurricular activity that Harold took on; he was a member of the Fun Center Chordsmen since 1997, a long time member of the Gfrer’s Band, in which he played the sousaphone, and a member of the Clay Memorial Lutheran Church since 1961. In spare time, he enjoyed motorcycles and bowling on church and GM Leagues.

He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Eckert; Daughter Loretta (Joseph) Chiko; grandchildren Jennifer (Arthur Jones) Chiko, Brian Chiko, and Kristina Jo Chiko; several nieces and nephews, and special friend Pamela (Tony) Hugel and their family.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by son Jeffery Eckert, and his brothers Lester Lee and Henry Dale Eckert.

His family will receive friends 3-8 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home Finefrock Chapel, with a funeral service on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to Clay Memorial Lutheran Church or the Ohio State Grange may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Harold’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Dorothy… I am so sorry to learn of your loss of Harold. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Bonnie and I both are sorry to hear that Harold had passed. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Dorothy and the entire Eckert family. Harold was a prince of a person, never a cross word, always a smile and a sincere hello! May the gates of heaven welcome Harold in due form and God bless him as he enters. Yes, Harold is gone for now but he shall never be forgotten. God bless each and everyone. . .

  • Dorothy and family; It was a pleasure sharing many years with Harold at Clay. He will be missed in that choir pew but I am sure God will enjoy him singing in an even better choir! Our prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  • Dorothy and family,

    Please accept our condolences for your loss of Harold. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. Celebrate his memory!

    Lisa and Jim Tharp

  • Dorothy we are so sorry for your loss.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.
    My memories of Harold our of a very loving
    and sweet man. He always had a smile, hug and kind
    words for every one. So many times he made me feel
    joy just by his smile. We will miss him very much.