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George F. Eckert


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Eckert, George F.
1924 - 2017
George F. Eckert, Ph.D., age 93, passed away at Wesley Glen Retirement Community and went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. He was born in Akron, Ohio on February 21, 1924 to the late Frank W. and Ella L. Brooks Eckert. He was a graduate of Kenmore High School, Akron, Ohio, class of 1940. He entered ROTC at Akron University and graduated in January, 1944 with a BS in Chemistry. He was immediately sent to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend the Infantry's Officer Candidate School. At age 19 he was made 2nd Lieutenant in the 65th Infantry Division. In January 1945 his division was sent to Europe to fight in some of the final battles of the war. When WWII ended, he was placed in command of Matthauser Concentration Camp in Austria and 3 Displaced Persons camps where they assisted with relief efforts and security. As a veteran of WWII, he earned two battle stars in the European Theater. On July 4, 2017, he was one of 12 veterans to receive the Ford Oval of Honor and ride as a grand marshal in the Columbus parade. After active duty in the Army, he graduated in 1950 from The Ohio State University with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. Dr. Eckert was a research chemist for DuPont at Niagara Falls, New York, from 1950-1954, and a Professor of chemistry at Capital University from 1954-1989. Dr. Eckert enjoyed teaching at Capital University and didn't miss a day of work. In 2014, he was inducted into Capital University's Professors Hall of Honor. Upon retiring, he volunteered for the Mid-Ohio Food Pantry, Meals-on-Wheels, Habitat For Humanity, and as an ombudsman for a nursing home. For 26 years, he volunteered for the AARP Tax Aide Program, providing free tax assistance for people with low to moderate incomes. For this, he was recognized in the Columbus Dispatch in an article titled "The Good Life" (April 1, 2014). He enjoyed church and singing in the choir, was an avid golfer up to July of this year, and could fix about anything from broken necklaces to broken chairs. He was a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan. His desire to continue learning after retirement led to his love of reading a wide variety of topics. He is preceded in death by his wife Eleanore M. Hayes Eckert and second wife Irene M. Segger Eckert. He is survived by his wife, Viola A. Lyke Anderson; daughters, Marie (Mike) Blackburn, Karen (Keith) Spyker and Joyce (Andy) Cafaro; grandchildren, Lisa and Nathan Spyker, Shannon Tarulli, Megan (Mike) Miller, and Amy Blackburn; great-grandchildren, Luke and Kurt Miller; step-children, Tim, Mark, Matt and Peter Sander, Nancy Kidwell; David and Craig Thomas, Kathy Roskam, and their families; sister, Helen Eckert. His Funeral Service, with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N. High St, Worthington, OH 43085, where family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to the time of service. Pastor Wayne Morrison, officiating. Private interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Schoedinger Worthington Chapel entrusted with his arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Mission, 245 N. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215 in his memory. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send messages of support to his family.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 11, 2017
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