Ira H. Eckert

November 24, 1924 ‒ September 20, 2010

Crestline, Ohio

Ira H. “Ike” Eckert, 85, of Leesville died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at home, after an extended illness.

Born Nov. 24, 1924 in Crestline, he was the son of the late William Eckert and Carlotta McKean Eckert. He married Margaret H. Winch Eckert on Apr. 9, 1947 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Leesville High School in 1942 and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Leesville where he made the wine for communion and served on church council for many years. He is a World War II U.S. Air Force Veteran. Ike was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Indians. In his younger years he played baseball for the Leesville Reds and basketball for the Leesville Trojans and coached little league in Leesville. He first worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 26 years and then worked as a carpenter in construction and later retired from the former Pickwick Farms in Bucyrus where he worked in maintenance.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-laws, Connie and John Bercaw of Ontario and Bonnie and Larry Swanger of Mansfield; one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Faniya Eckert of Hilliard; six grandchildren, Todd Kim Bercaw, Larry Darlene Swanger, Tanner Radebaugh, Taryn Cox, Ben Eckert and Blake Eckert; seven great grandchildren, Morgan Bercaw, Zachery Bercaw, Nicholas Buckner, Lauryn Swanger, Bret Swanger, Bronson Radebaugh and Reagyn Cox; two sisters, Leila Witter of Leesville and Beverly Beck of Leesville.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Terri Eckert, one granddaughter, Christine Buckner, one grandson, Ty Radebaugh, three sisters and three brothers.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Ann Hunter officiating. Interment will be in Leesville Cemetery.

Full military graveside services will be held by the U.S. Air Force and the Galion/Crestline area veteran’s organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church, c/o Richardson-Davis Funeral Home, 218 S. Market Street, Galion, Ohio 44833.