Thaddeus C. Eckenroad

June 09, 1970 ‒ January 01, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Thaddeus “Thad” C. Eckenroad, age 47, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on June 9, 1970 in Bemidji, Minnesota the son of James Eckenroad and Jane (Foss) Stewart. Thad was a 1986 graduate of Culver Military Academy in Indiana.

Thad grew up in Montana and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying rock climbing, hiking and snowboarding. He loved rock music and served as bass guitarist and vocals for the band Quash and Jera. Thad had a loving personality and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his mother Jane (Philip) Stewart of Mount Vernon, his father, James (Tammy) Eckenroad of Billings, Montana and a sister, Amanda (Chuck Boike) Eckenroad of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania.

The family will observe private services in Montana at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Thaddeus “Thad” Eckenroad.

Memorial contributions in Thad’s name may be made the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter.

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  • I don’t know the Eckenroad family but I am sending my condolences. This is a hometown connection for me. I am from Mount Vernon and now live near Billings.

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Thad’s passing.

    Thinking of you at this most difficult time.

    Mike and Kathy Nisky

  • My most sincere condolences to all of those who knew and loved Thad. I knew Thad back in the 80s, and will always remember him being a kind, fun and respectful human being. May the memories of your time together bring you comfort and peace.

  • Thadd was one of my best friends for many years. We met working at Let’s party together in 1994. He brought light to my life when I couldn’t see through the darkness. He is a rare and precious soul. I hold him close with my red balloon tattoo and will do my best to keep his legacy going with support for loved ones and those who just need a helping hand in life. Thank you to his wonderful parents for raising such a genuine person. Love and hugs for you all♡

  • I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Thad in the kitchen at the Red Star Tavern in Portland, OR back in 2004. We quickly became friends as well as co-workers, sharing a similar sense of humor and interest.

    We turned our lunch services together into a marathon of jokes and teamwork to amuse ourselves and prepare orders simultaneously. We also went on to spend time together outside of work playing music and making each other laugh.

    Over the years he would occasionally prank call me. I would eventually figure out it was him and crack up! He reached out to recruit me to join him in Alaska where he was cooking for adventure groups in remote areas. I wasn’t able to go but I knew it would have been a blast.

    Thad was a truly wonderful guy full of kindness and empathy as well as marvelous wit. He has always been someone who pops into my head and makes me chuckle when I remember our time together.

    My heart goes out to his family. Please know that I am just one of many who absolutely enjoyed knowing Thad. Thoughts and love from Portland.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Thad was a dear friend to me, and although thousands of miles away from me, he helped me through the toughest battle of my life last year. A true warrior and honest man. I’ll never forget him and I’m honored to have played music and written some fun songs with him.

    He truly will be missed. Love you Thad! Thank you for being a friend.

    If there is anything I can do to help the family please let me know.

    Tim Herr

  • I see they’re faces……. Brother Thadd. You have went to the opening jam. You have left your mark. You loved, touched, rocked, and moved to the Isle of Solice. Until we tune it up again, know that we love you, and the next tunes will rock the heavens. Again.

    Andrew l. Parent

  • The world is a more beautiful place for having known this gracious and caring soul. Thad was a great friend of mine over the years and always a jokester often in a laughable self-deprecating way. He always add a kind and wanted the best for those around him. As one of the few people I know that truly appreciated the beauty of the world he was an inspiration to travel with.

    I always felt better after hanging out with him and looked forward to the next time we’d see each other. I’m a better person for having known him, and I will always remember him with a smile as I know he’d want me to

  • Love you Thad…..You’ll always be in thought heart and soul. The world will miss you my friend.

  • Our sympathy to Thad’s friends and family. We did not know him, but his friends honor him. We were classmates of his father and losing a child is really difficult. Cherish the memories. Ray & Pat

  • Dear Jane, I am very sorry to read of Thad’s passing. I enjoyed Thad so much, getting to know him was a pleasure! You have my deepest sympathies . Pam Baldwin

  • I always smile when I think of Thad. He worked in our kitchen in Billings, and to this day, I have never had a grill cook spout Nietzsche while melting pepper cheese over the sauteed mushroom on a burger “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”….
    I had only heard of Nietzsche’s name in Blazing Saddles, but I regress.

    The man touched many souls, and I am to be counted in that group. A gentle person with a truly good outlook on things. I have missed him since he left us over 30 years ago….Rest in Peace my friend, you left the world a better place.

  • We were so sorry to read of Thad’s death today in the Billings Gazette.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • To Thad’s family: we can’t always find perfection. I thought is was possible, but Thad showed me is wasn’t. He faced my words with acts of human. It took me many months, but I got it. Then years later I really got it. You may not understand the adventure your son/nephew/brother took with my family and friends, but it was a huge one. He stepped into a pond that was 8 feet deep at the edge, went in anyway, and swam with us all the way across. When we got to the other side and I said “how was it?” he would say “I’m in, but understand that I’m not built like you, I don’t thrive to do the same things exactly … I want to be in a band … not be lost in the middle of the mountains … even though I really like this place.”

    Thad was always conscious of our brother Jon Whitmer, with muscular dystrophy (who passed in 2005). Jon would tell Thad things to do during concerts such as “you tell Pat to Go Easy … Go Easy on Everyone and Everything … he’ll know what I mean.”

    Thad helped Billings Montana be a better place to be from. He made history.

  • Amanda
    We are thinking of you & your family during this time. I’ve enjoyed reading all the memories of Thad & how he left impressions on people by living out his passions & conquering dreams. We our sending warm FLORIDA HUGS!!
    Juli vonwerder & Pastor Paul,too!

  • Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. We remember Thad fondly from his childhood days next door to our family. Mark and Chris

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Thad’s passing. my condolences go out to his family and all of my Billings Brothers and Sisters who know exactly what kind of person we lost. He was one of a kind.

  • I am from Mount Vernon and knew the Eckenroads in the 50s’ and 60s. I t is interesting to read about Jim and Jane’s son who turned out to be so special. My deepest sympathies to Thad’s family and friends.

  • Recently, like many of you, I found out that our dear old friend Thad had passed away. I’ve been struggling with how to cope with this and what to say, since I didn’t get a chance to speak with him one last time. We met way back in high school and bonded over our love of music, film, and most of all we shared a similar sense of humor. We had our own unique use of slang that we used that most people didn’t understand. A lot of it I still use to this day. Lol! Growing up in Montana, neither of us exactly fit in with the other groups of kids, so we hung out with our own group of outcasts. As time went by, all of us went our separate ways and I lost track of him. Several years ago, he reached out to me on Facebook and we picked up right where we had left off. Like a day hadn’t gone by since we last saw each other. Over the phone, we had some truly meaningful talks where we laughed about our childhood memories and adventures. We also had insightful discussions about what we were each going through in life now that we were older. He confided in me about his health and how he was coming to terms with it. Thad never once complained or said “why me?”, or ever had any self pity. In dealing with his own mortality, he had a new outlook on life and I sensed how much he valued his friends and family. He had also reached out to so many different people who were also suffering from other kinds of chronic illnesses and giving them support and hope.

    Throughout these last five years, I grew even more closer to him than when we were young hoodlums trying to find ourselves. Thad, I am grateful for your unique way of looking at things and giving me a different perspective on what it means to be alive. I came across a quote that made me think of him that I would like to share.

    “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”

    He was one of a kind and there will never be another one like him. I will always remember you Thad, see you on the other side my friend. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.

  • Jim Jane Amanda and families. I am sorry for your loss. I have memories of your family as I lived next door and babysat Thad and amanda. You are in my prayers.

  • I want you all to know how sorry I am for your loss.You are right,.Jim ,no parents should have to bury their child. All I am able to do for you is to pray and send my love.So many memories are still with me.What a great time time we had.a