Robert W. Eck

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Eck, Robert W.

Robert W. Eck, age 91, a Manitowoc resident, passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 at St. Mary's Home at Felician Village, Manitowoc.

Bob was born on January 14, 1923 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He was the only child of the late G.E. William and Elsie Blust Eck. Bob was educated in the Manitowoc School System graduating from Lincoln High School with the class of 1940. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduating in 1947 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma Societies and a member of the Honorary Engineering Society Tau Beta Pi. Bob Served with the United States Army as a reserve officer from 1942 to 1952 being honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. While serving for 2 years overseas during World War II in the European Theater he was involved in 3 major campaigns with the 280th Engineer Combat Battalion and with the 1697th Engineer Combat Battalion as part of the occupation forces in post war Germany.

Bob was employed as a metallurgical engineer with Bethlehem Steel in 1947 and 1948. He then joined his father William Eck, at Eck Foundry which was established in 1948. Over the years Eck Foundry has grown into Eck Industries, Inc. where Bob served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. During his employment at Eck Industries he served as Director of Manitowoc County Bank; Wenthe-Davidson Engineering, New Berlin, WI; Dowcow, Inc., Manitowoc, Great Lakes Die Casting, Grafton, WI ; and Eck Industries, Inc. He also served for 6 years with the Manitowoc School District Board from 1966 to 1972 and served as Vice President in 1968. Bob also served as a director of the National Foundry Association receiving the Honorary Membership Certificate and The William F. Grede Award. He served as a director in the American Foundry Society receiving the annual Frishmuth Award from the Aluminum Division. He served as a director of the Aluminum Foundry Division of the Aluminum Association where he chaired the technical committee. He served as a director of the Wisconsin Cast Metal Association. He was recognized for 35 year membership in the Society of Automotive Companies. He served as President of the Northeast Wisconsin Industrial Association. He served as a trustee of the American Motor Cycle Association.

Bob was an honorary guest aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal Air Craft Carrier for 10 days while on maneuvers with the US Atlantic Fleet for technical casting development for the United States Navy. He received the Distinctive Service Citation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a founding member of the Foundry Hall of Fame of the Foundry Management and Technology publication.

On January 25, 1947 he married Bernadine Seidenberger. She preceded him in death on August 10, 2011.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law: Sandra Eck Newman and Dr. Howard Klein, Bangor, PA; two sons and daughters-in-law: Philip and Cathy Eck, Marible, WI; David and Lynn Eck, Manitowoc, WI; five grandchildren: Kiley (Aaron) Hayon, Manitowoc, WI; Jessie (Matt) Eck Lacuesta, Denver, CO; Robyn Eck, Denver, CO; Tyler (Stacey) Eck, Manitowoc, WI; Kristin (Tony) Maurer, Mequon, WI; four great grandchildren: Preston, Landen, and Oliver Hayon, Manitowoc, WI; Olivia Eck, Manitowoc, WI.

Relatives and friends may call at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place at the Harrigan Parkside Crematory and Chapel. Burial of the cremains will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc at a later date. Military rites will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Otto Oas Post #659 at the funeral home immediately following the visitation.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the Foundry Educational Foundation, 1695 North Penny Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173 or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to

The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory, North 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


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Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2014
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