David Christian Eckley, 80, beloved husband of Peggy I. (nee Cole), dear father of Daniel Eckley (Shelly), Gary Eckley (Abby), Dawn Parker (John), Linda Muck (Steve), David Eckley (Kathy) and Carla Wedman (Kevin), brother of Jean Hancock and the late Donald Eckley, Virginia Dobelbower and Betty Waite, grandfather of 18, great grandfather of 13. Passed away September 5, 2011 after a four-year battle with cancer. He fought the good fight. Known to all as "Pop," he had an infectious personality and would share 80 years of wisdom with anyone with the time to listen. Pop "flew the heavies" in Korea and Vietnam with over 13,000 flying hours and more than 300 combat missions. He built businesses. He was a mentor. He was a baseball man. He was a friend to every person and an enemy to every trout. He gave so much more than he ever took, and he will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Memorial service 6:00pm Wednesday, September 7 at Mueller Parker Funeral Home, 6791 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH 45040 where friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Moeller Baseball, 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. For more information or to send a condolence, please visit www.muellerparker.com.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sept. 7, 2011