Robert "Pork" A Eckard

Born: Fri., Sep. 18, 1936
Died: Wed., Apr. 2, 2014

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MILLERSTOWN - Robert A. "Pork" Eckard, 77, of Millerstown, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 18, 1936 in Lewistown. His father was the late Albert Berkheimer and he was raised by his mother, the late Dorothy (Rankin) Berkheimer Eckard and his adoptive father, Layton Eckard. His first wife, Phyllis "Kick" (Smith) Eckard, whom he married on July 28, 1956, passed away on July 9, 1996. He then married Audrey (Zendt) Kerr on Oct. 16, 1999, who survives. He is also survived by one son, Steven Eckard and his wife, Joyce, of Greenville; one daughter, Tracy Eckard Isaac and husband, Wilson, of Lancaster; one step-son, Stephen Kerr and wife, Melodee, of Millerstown; one step-daughter, Lisa Kerr of Harrisburg; one brother, Jack Eckard and wife, Sandy, of Danville; three sisters, Dorothy Benner and husband, Carl, of Thompsontown, Sarah Walters of Port Royal, and Eva Sieber and husband, Robert of Mifflintown; one brother-in-law, Ray Stydinger of Thompsontown; three grandchildren, Megan, Chad and Kristin Eckard; two step-grandchildren, Tristan Kerr and wife, Merena, and Misha Kelemen; and four step-great-grandchildren, Ashlin and Summer Kelemen and Braxtan and Porter Kerr. He was preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Stydinger. He attended Juniata High School in Mifflintown and, as a youth, delivered newspapers and milk in his Lewistown neighborhood. He was a dedicated construction worker for John E. Groninger for more than forty years. He was a member of Locust Run United Methodist Church for many years until he joined the Donnally Mills United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating and watching Penn State games. He loved building things from wood and his family treasures the furniture and items that he made for them. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Donnally Mills United Methodist Church with Pastor Wyatt Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Locust Run Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown and on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Donnally Mills United Methodist Church, 4078 Raccoon Valley Road, Millerstown, PA 17062 or to the Locust Run United Methodist Church, c/o Joette Yocum, treas., 700 Texas Hollow Rd, Mifflintown, PA 17059. Memorials may be left at www.gussfh.com.

Viewing

Friday, April 4, 2014 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Guss Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Third Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059
717-436-2149

Saturday, April 5, 2014 10:00am to 11:00am
Donnally Mills United Methodist Church
4078 Raccoon Valley Road
Millerstown, PA 17062

Funeral Service

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Donnally Mills United Methodist Church
4078 Raccoon Valley Road
Millerstown, PA 17062

Burial

Saturday, April 5, 2014 following the service
Locust Run Cemetery
Locust Run, Thompsontown, PA 17094

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Friday, April 4, 2014 before 1:30 pm
(At Funeral Home: 20 South Third Street; Mifflintown, PA 17059)

Contribution

Donnally Mills United Methodist Church
4078 Raccoon Valley Road
Millerstown, PA 17062

Locust Run United Methodist Church in care of Joette Yocum, treas.
700 Texas Hollow Rd
Mifflintown, PA 17059

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Sherri Manbeck
   Posted Fri April 04, 2014
Loving prayers to the family may god help you find peace in this time of sorrow.

Fred, Dot, Doug, Dane Lauver
   Posted Tue April 08, 2014
Dear Family, Steve, Tracy and Audrey, We were neighbors for a lot of years...seems like yesterday we were waving hello as we passed by your place.....also remembering the several years we worked together building homes in T Town.. When a Loved one dies, we will miss them and we will mourn... ...and that is OK. We can now rejoice that Bob is now on Safe Shores and soon we all will thank God for the Blessings of the time we did have....... that we were able to spend over their lifetime!... ... ..We Share Your Loss but it is God's gain now! We pray the Lord will strengthen and preserve you in the coming days. The Locust Run Lauver family....Fred, Dot, Doug and Dane and Denise who is now seeing her old neighbor in Heaven!