J. Pieter van Eckhardt 79, shed his earthly bonds to be with the Lord on February 25, 2011. Pieter was born to Frank and Mary van Eckhardt at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA, on May 11, 1931. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Berkeley High School, Class of 1949. After attending UC, Davis, Pieter moved to Yuba City in 1955 during the famous flood and established himself as a well known authority in the rice business, working for Farmers Rice Cooperative for thirty-five years. In 1956 he married Kathryn Harter and they were married for 24 years. Pieter became the first pioneer of wild rice in Northern California. He remarried in 1980 to his former girlfriend, Dottie Evans Bissell, of Piedmont. They were married 30 years. During that time, Pieter retired from the rice business and became a well known Real Estate Appraiser, specializing in agricultural property, with his wife, Dottie, working by his side. Pieter was active in the community, having served as President of the American Field Service. He was also a 55 year member of the Yuba City Rotary Club and a member of the Real Estate Appraisers Association of California. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Dottie, his two stepchildren, Kevin Bissell of Sacramento, and Laura O'Hanesian of Healdsburg, his grandchildren Casey Bissell of Sacramento, and granddaughter Aubrey Mae McMinn of Healdsburg, his brother, Edwin "Chrys" van Eckhardt, of Chico, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary van Eckhardt. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 5th at 12:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, under the direction of Pastor Lois Black, Highway 20 and George Washington Blvd. in Yuba City. A reception will follow in the church's Fellowship Hall. The family has requested that in lieu of floral tributes, that contributions be made to favorite charities, or to Rotary International's Polio Plus Program, the
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2011