Richard Eckenroad, 92, chief engineer for Reinholds Fire Co.

By on July 1, 2014
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Richard Eckenroad, 92, of Reinholds, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Lebanon VA Hospital.

He was born in Rothsville to the late Richard W. Sammet and Katherine H. Nagle, and was raised by his adoptive parents, the late Kansas K. and Clara H. (Nagle) Ecenroad.

He was a member of Swamp Lutheran Church. Lifetime member of the Ephrata VFW, Chief Engineer for the Reinholds Fire Company for 37 years, member of Long Horn Hunting Camp in Tioga County, member of NRA, NLCFG, and the Gaines Feeder Club. He loved the outdoors with a passion for hunting and fishing. He spent many years on the Delaware Bay and mountains of Tioga County, hunting and fishing until age 90, and enjoyed traveling especially to Nova Scotia.

He served in the U.S. Army in WWII from August of 1942 to December of 1945 as a Sergeant in the 303rd Air Drone Squadron, 5th Air Force, Pacific Theater, Campaign New Guinea, Southern Philippines Luzon. He was a crew chief on B-17, hanger chief, and airplane mechanic, having worked on the engines, electrical, and fuselage structure. Fought on Milne Bay, Finchhafen, Gusilpa, White Beach Hollondia, and Tommy, all in New Guinea; Wake Island, Dulog Latoy, San Hosea Mindora, Subic Bay Luzon, Clark Field Luzon, and occupation troops in Seoul, Korea. He was awarded medals for Good Conduct, American Campaign, and WWII Victory bronze arrowhead; received a Philippines Liberation ribbon with one bronze star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal with two bronze stars, Mechanic badge, and Marksmen, 30 caliber carbine.

He was employed as a machine mechanic for George Bollman Hat Co. from 1938-1942, he served in the Military-Army Air Corps from 1942-1945, worked for Lancaster Auto and Salvage, Tom Celeberti, Dittman Motors & Lindgren Chrysler-Plymouth (from 1959-1986), all in Reading, and Bills Garage in Reinholds from 1950-1986.

Richard is survived by wife: Gladys I. (Beard) Eckenroad, with whom he would have celebrated 64 years of marriage on Aug. 15; two sons: Rolf R. Eckenroad of Reinholds, and Kurt N., husband of Barbara A. (Gockley) Eckenroad; and a grandson: Richard J. Eckenroad.

He was preceded in death by four half brothers: Irvin, Albert, Robert and Floyd Hornberger; and a half sister: Erla Schaeffer.ER20140702_BobiECKENROADRichard2

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at Lebanon VA Hospice for their loving care.

Services were held June 27 at Swamp Lutheran Church, Reinholds, with Pastor Dennis L. Trout officiating. Interment was in the Swamp Cemetery, where Military Honors will be rendered by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to Lebanon VA Medical Center Voluntary Service (10V), 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042 (please print 8146-Eckenroad in memo), or to Swamp Lutheran Church, 275 Swamp Church Road, Reinholds, PA 17569.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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