ECKER, RICHARD C.; age 66; of West Palm Beach FL, formerly of Sylvan Lake MI; passed away on June 1, 2013, after suffering cardiac arrest, he was in a coma, but he fought and fought outlasting all of the doctor's expectations. His loving son, sister, and ex-wife stood by his side during his final weeks. His perseverance and determination were awe-inspiring. Son of the late Richard F. Ecker and the late Doris M. Ecker; brother of the late Scott F. Ecker. Richard is survived by his son, Richard E. Ecker; his sister, Darelyn (Ecker) Kazimierczuk; ex-wife, Fran Ecker; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Richard served our country in the Navy by completing two tours in Vietnam, where he received the honor of the Purple Heart
. A West Bloomfield High School Class of 1963 alumnus, Richard graduated from the University of Michigan
, where he also received an MBA and then later received his law degree from Wayne State. He pursued a successful law career before running his own business. Richard had a passion for the University of Michigan and could often be heard singing "Hail to the Victors." Besides being the best grill-master, he had the biggest heart and a determination unmatched by anyone. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten. Military Services will be held June 17, 2013 at South Florida National Cemetery at 2:45 p.m. located at 6501 S. State, Road 7 Lake Worth, FL 33449 (Lane 3). A small private Gathering will be held after the service. Donations in Richard's name may be made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (1-800-340-HERO).