David P. Eckert, Sr.

May 04, 1931
- February 22, 2008

MILO - David Paul Eckert Sr., 76, husband of Wilma (Wing) Eckert, passed away peacefully Feb. 22, 2008, at his home. Dave was born May 4, 1931, in Bangor, the son of John and Bertha (Bradford) Eckert of Glenburn. He was a graduate of Bangor High School, Class of 1949. After graduation he completed military service with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Dave married Wilma (Wing) from Hampden Highlands, Aug. 7, 1951. He retired from New England Telephone and Telegraph in 1989, after 36 years of employment as an installer and repairman. Upon retirement, he operated the Sebec Dam until 2006, when illness kept him from working. Dave enjoyed golfing, old VW's, snowsledding, hunting with the Turner Howe Road Hunting Club, family reunions and horseshoe tournaments at the old family camp on Schoodic Lake. He also enjoyed puzzles, always completing the daily crossword, riding his four-wheeler, coffee with friends at The Restaurant and special times spent visiting with his granddaughter, Denise. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wilma of Milo; his children, David Eckert Jr. and his wife, Ruth Osborne, of Old Town, Susan Cota of Standish, Jane Clark and her husband, Bub, of Milo, Sally Eckert of Bradley and Steven Eckert of Kansas City, Mo.; his grandchildren, Daniel Fleming of Bangor, Denise Ricker and her husband, Aaron, of Turner, Karen and Stacey Cota of Port-land; special great-grandson, Connor Jones of Dover-Foxcroft; his siblings, Philip Eckert and his wife, Marguerite, of Kings Mountain, Orrington and Doris Clement of Biddeford. He was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Helen, Carmie and Blanche; and a brother, Donald. The family wishes to extend thanks to Mary and Joe with Home Dialysis, the staff at Boyd Center Dialysis Unit and Eastern Maine Medical Center Dialysis Unit for their care during David's illness. Friends are invited to call 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Lary Funeral Home, Milo. Graveside services will be held in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. Those who wish to remember Dave may make gifts in his memory to Dialysis Unit, Eastern Maine Medical Center Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402 or to the charity of one's choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.

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