Henry Edward Eckert, son of the late Bernard and Mary (Kruse) Eckert, was born on December 15, 1934 in St. Louis County, Missouri, and departed this life on Saturday, September 18, 2010, in Ocie, Missouri, following a sudden illness. He was 75 years, nine months and three days of age.
Henry grew up in St. Louis County and was united in marriage to Vivien McCollum on October 13, 1956. Two daughters, Barbara and Claudette, were born to this union.
He served his country in the United States Army and was honorary discharged on May 1, 1963.
Henry and Vivien moved their family to a farm in Graff, Missouri in 1971. Henry enjoyed being outdoors, tending to his farm, camping, fishing and working at Wedgewood Country Club.
He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and neighbor. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, whom he loved very much. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mtn. Grove, Missouri.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard Albert Eckert and Joseph Eckert.
He is survived by his loving wife, Vivien Eckert of their home; his daughters, Barbara Wade of Graff and Claudette Oaks and husband David of Cabool, Missouri; a sister, Maryann Wedel and husband Al of St. Charles, Missouri; five grandchildren, Betsy Sandbothe, Amy Morgan, John Wade, Mary Dowden and Elizabeth Williams; six great-grandchildren, Xaiver Pike, Danielle Morgan, Brian Morgan, Scott Wade, Chasten Wade, and Hannah Dowden; other relatives and friends
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Deacon Joe Kurtenbach officiating. Song selections were “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Peace In The Valley.” Pallbearers were Keith Murr, John Wade, Jim Berlin, Chance Williams, Al Dowden, and Daniel Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Mings, Craig McCollum, and Ronnie Sandbothe. Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery, Graff, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.