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Paul D. Eckert, Sr.
HOOPESTON, IL: Paul D. Eckert, Sr., of Hoopeston, died at 10:37 A.M. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at his home.
Born June 24, 1932 at Marion, Ohio, he was the son of Chester and Rachel (Worley) Eckert. He married Betty L. Hopkins on February 27, 1955 at Hoopeston, IL, she survives; also surviving are; one son, Danny (Pat) Eckert of Grand Rapids, MI, one daughter, Diane (Terry) Field of Wellington, IL; five grandchildren, Jan, A.J., Tye, Mandy and Travis; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Lucina Haubert of Marion, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Mr. Eckert served in the U.S. Air Force.
Paul had worked at the A&P Food Store in Hoopeston for 20 years. He then worked and retired from the American Can Company in Hoopeston after 19 years. After retiring he and his wife Betty owned and operated Eckert's Root Beer Stand in Hoopeston for 5 years.
Paul was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Hoopeston.
He enjoyed any kind of woodworking. He loved any sports involving the Ohio State Buckeye's or the Hoopeston Cornjerkers. He was also an avid Cardinals and Bears fan.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Eckert will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Brown-Alkire Funeral Home, 309 E. Washington St. in Hoopeston. The Rev. Robert Killion will officiate. Burial will be in the Floral Hill Cemetery at Hoopeston. Visitation will be from 5-8 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Carle Hospice.
Published in the The Marion Star on Jan. 5, 2013