SAN ANGELO Melvin Lee Eckerman passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in San Angelo, Texas at the age of 92. He was born in Runnels County, Rowena, Texas to Louis and Talitha Eckerman. He was a longtime resident of San Angelo. He loved country living and life in the outdoors. Working on a ranch with livestock during the latter years of his life was a great joy to him. It can truly be said about him "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy." Even though he resided in the city his heart was truly in the country where he began. He attended School in Eola. He was married to his soulmate, Betty Ellett on Feb. 3, 1945. The two were married for over 69 years. Betty is a retired bookkeeper and homemaker. The couple was blessed with two children, Sharon and Michael. Through the years Melvin became a master carpenter whose craftsmanship was admired by all who knew him. Many of his devoted customers would wait not only months but years for Melvin to work his graft. Among the many things that exemplified his life were his extreme honesty, his tremendous work ethic and his devotion to being his family's provider. He lovingly confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church of San Angelo. He is survived by his wife, Betty Ellett Eckerman of San Angelo; daughter Sharon Eisenbach and husband Eddie of San Angelo; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; also, his sister Madelle Huckaby of San Angelo, sister in law Lori Eckerman of Santa Maria, California; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Allen Eckerman; his two brothers, Retired AF Col. Chester Earl Eckerman and Retired Navy Lt. Commander Weldon Ray Eckerman. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, with Rev. Randall Wehmeyer officiating. Interment will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may sign an online register book at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com.
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Published in GoSanAngelo from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2014