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Edwin J. Eckert

July 15, 1924 June 18, 2010
Edwin J. Eckert
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PEORIA-Edwin J. Eckert, 85, of Peoria, passed away at 4:33 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010, at Proctor Hospital Emergency Room.
He was born on July 15, 1924, in Marengo, Iowa, to Carl LeRoy and Sarah Ellen Humphrey Eckert. He married Eleanor Madro on January 20, 1990, in South Bend, Indiana. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Therese (John) Heiser of Peoria, Colleen Meyer of Brighton, Michigan and Karen (Dave) Peterson of Brimfield; six grandchildren, Beth, Sarah, David, Rebekah, Danny and Kasey; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Verabeth Bricker of Victor, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Darlene Sayers, one nephew, Chris Bricker, and the mother of his daughters, Helen Pfingsten Eckert.
Edwin was a Managing Engineer at Caterpillar, Inc.
He was a World War II Army Air Corp. veteran P47 Pilot with the 527th Fighter Squadron, serving in the European Theatre of Operations.
Edwin was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and Society of Automotive Engineers (S.A.E.). He was a member of Navioneers and past President of the Midwest Chapter.
He played the trumpet in the Air Force Band, loved to fly his airplane, and was an avid reader.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at St. Jude Church with Rev. Patrick Henehan officiating. Family will welcome family and friends 30 minutes before the Mass at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Wright Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fraxa Research Foundation, 45 Pleasant St., Newbury Port, MA 01950 www.fraxa.org
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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