Francis Gerard Eckenrode Jr., 81, of Hampstead, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.
Born March 16, 1932, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Francis G. Eckenrode Sr., and Mary Avery Eckenrode. He was predeceased by his wife Doris Evelyn Trite Eckenrode, and by his former spouse, Arneda Eckenrode.
He was a veteran of the Maryland National Guard and the Navy. He started out working with the railroad, Koontz Creamery, followed by Genstar Stone Products, where he worked as a maintenance clerk for 38 years. He also was a newspaper deliveryman for the Carroll County Times and Baltimore Sun; and just retired from Random House in January as a security guard, where he was known as "Smiley."
Following his discharge from the military, he became a member of the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Westminster and enjoyed his ministry. He liked music, especially bluegrass and big band; and was an avid sports fan of the Orioles and Ravens. He was known for his joke telling and selling eggs.
Surviving are children Mary and Keith Blank, of Cresaptown, David and Sharon Eckenrode, of Hanover, Pa., Charles Eckenrode, of Hampstead, and Jackie and Bill Hamrick, of Union Bridge; stepchildren Jerry Green, of New Windsor and Robert "Bobby" Green, of Virginia; sisters Delores Iconi, of Cockeysville, Irene McVoy, of Georgia, and Mildred Eckenrode, of Towson; brothers Bernard Eckenrode, of Finksburg, and Leo Eckenrode, of Nottingham; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a stepson, Dennis Green.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Elder Lou Travis officiating. Entombment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Finksburg.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.
Online condolences may be offered at www.myersdurborawfh.com
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