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John W. Eckstein Sr.

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John W. Eckstein Sr. Obituary
John W. Eckstein, Sr.

AGE: 60 • Wilmington

Big John passed away peacefully on March 12, 2016, after a four month battle for his health. He fought courageously to regain his strength and return to life and people he loved so very much. God decided he needed a new angel. John worked for DuPont experimental station for 23 years, in addition he built a Sound Security Systems with his dear friend DONNIE ESTEP and eventually his son, John Eckstein Jr. John loved his customers, as if they were family. Big John made an impression on everyone he met, to know him was to love him. During his hospital stays in Philadelphia, he made new friends with patients, nurses, doctors, transport teams and receptionists. John was a larger than life personality, who built airplanes, race cars, gardens, train sets, he loved road trips, music, outdoors, football, baseball and most importantly family and friends. John is predeceased by his father William Eckstein; and his son John W. Eckstein Jr. John is survived by his wife of 33 years Janis K. (Freebery) Eckstein; his daughter Adrian L. McCullough (Michael); grandchildren, Chloe Burton, Mickey McCullough and Milo McCullough; his mother Patricia Breuer (John); his siblings Tom Eckstein (Debbie), Barbara Eckstein, Robert Eckstein (Patty); nephew, William Eckstein; mother in law Grace Freebery; his best friends of 35 years Donnie Estep and David Aukamp; his dear friends Tony Procope and the Napoli family; and many, many other friends and family.

Visitation will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin on Friday, March 18 from 10:00-11:45AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00PM. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453 ( or A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 (

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