In memory of
Richard Elmer Eckert
Richard Elmer Eckert HELLERTOWN Richard Elmer Eckert, 86, of Hellertown, passed away on June 30, 2018, in his home. Richard was born in Hellertown on Aug. 20, 1931, to the late Warren Eckert and Grace (Diehl) Eckert. He married Nancy (Fritchman) Eckert on March 13, 1954, in Hellertown. Richard was a 1949 graduate of Hellertown High School, where he played on the basketball championship team. He was a 1953 graduate of Muhlenberg College, earning a bachelor of science degree and where he played basketball. Richard received a master's degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He was a teacher of biology and general sciences for Pen Argyl High School from 1955 to 1958 and a teacher of chemistry at Wilson Area High School from 1958 to 1993. Richard was the science department chair from 1983 to 1987. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was the Junior Varsity boys' basketball coach at Pen Argyl and the head coach of the Wilson boys' basketball team for 11 years, during which time his teams won three league championships and were a District XI runner up. He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. His community involvement included Little League baseball coaching and volunteering at the Hellertown Historical Society Christmas open house. He also served as past chairman of the Hellertown Borough Water Authority. Richard was a faithful member of Christ Lutheran Church, Hellertown, where he was past superintendent of Sunday School for 11 years and past Sunday School teacher for 16 years. Richard is survived by wife, Nancy; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Barbara Eckert; daughter, Jane (Eckert) Reichl; granddaughters, Elizabeth (Eckert) Bolin, Lindsay Eckert, Jessica and Erica Reichl. He was predeceased by siblings, Ruth (Eckert) Strauss, Harold Eckert, Pauline (Eckert) Metzger, and Donald Eckert. Family and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church, 69 Main Street, Hellertown, followed by the service at 11 a.m. The Reverend Philip C. Spohn will officiate. The Interment will conclude services at the Union Cemetery of Hellertown. Military honors will be accorded by the Edward H. Ackerman Post 397, Hellertown. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at www.heintzelmancare.com . Arrangements are by the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., Hellertown. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Richard's memory can be sent to Christ Lutheran Church, 18055. Heintzelman Funeral Home 326 Main St. Hellertown, PA 18055 (610) 838-0521
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