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John Franklin Eckrode Sr.

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Eckrode, Sr., John FranklinJohn Franklin Eckrode, Sr. 84, of South Whitehall Twp, died June 8, 2014, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Wanda S. ( Blood ) Eckrode. They were married for 61 years in February. John was a security supervisor captain at Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Allentown for 22 years, retiring in 1994. Born in Mahanoy City, PA, he was the son of the late Charles S. and Mary A. ( Southall ) Eckrode. He was a 1949 graduate of Mahanoy City High School. John served in the United States Air Force from 1949 until 1969. He was stationed at various bases, serving in France, Okinawa and Greenland. He was a volunteer firefighter at the Woodlawn Fire Company, South Whitehall Twp for 35 years, serving 2 years as a trustee and 5 years as a fire policeman. Survivors: Wife, Son: John Franklin Eckrode, Jr. and Daughter: Charlotte G. Wetzel both of South Whitehall Twp., Grandson: Jamie N. Wetzel and his wife Heather A. of Emmaus, Great-Grandson: Jamie N. Wetzel, Jr. and Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by a Grandson: Jason M. Wetzel, LCPL., USMC, Brothers: Bobby and Jimmy and Sisters: Charlotte and Grace. Services: A Funeral service will be held on Monday, at 11 A.M. at the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home 16th and Hamilton Sts. Allentown. Call Monday from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. in the funeral home. www.jsburkholder.com Contributions: May be in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.
Published in Morning Call on June 12, 2014
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