On Oct. 17, 2019, just ten days after his 85th birthday, the Lord called home our beloved husband and father, Harvey C. Eckert. He left behind his loving wife of 61 years, Jacqueline (Jackie) Eckert, and his children, Dee Ann (Richard) Donnelly, of New Hampshire, Chris (Michael) Nowark, of Virginia, and Brian Eckert, of Vermont. One of the many joys of his life was his grandchildren, Ryan Donnelly, Barrett Eckert, and Juniper Rose Eckert, who will miss him immensely. He is survived by a sister, Patricia (Pat), and husband, Robert “Pork” Pecht, of McVeytown, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Hazel and Anthony Eckert, and his brother John Eckert, and his wife, Linda, and many beloved pets.
He was born at home in Ryde the oldest of three siblings. He met the love of his life, Jacqueline, at BMOHS and took eight long years to ask for her hand in marriage (which we always teased him about) in the summer of 1958.
He worked very hard to put himself through college, and he graduated from Penn State University in 1959. He served proudly in the United States Army.
Harvey was a man of high standards, loyalty, and integrity. He was well respected by all and involved in multiple community organizations, including the MJ Historical Society, the Jaycees and served in many capacities at First United Methodist Church.
Harvey retired as comptroller for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and previously worked at the Viscose and Standard Steel. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurer’s (NASACT) Hall of Fame in Nashville.
He was a devoted Penn State fan. Our family cherishes the years of tailgates, singing the Penn State alma mater and no matter the weather, cheering on our Nittany Lions. He instilled in us his love for the beach and we vacationed in Ocean City, New Jersey, as a family every summer. He taught us the values of being a good Christian and loving all of God’s creatures.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown. Please join the family in a celebration of life service at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Third St., Lewistown, with Rev. Randy Hughes and Rev. Karen McCachren officiating.
Interment will take place in Lind Memorial Cemetery, Lewistown with military honors provided by VFW Post 7011.
Memorials in Harvey’s name may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Third St., Lewistown, Pa 17044.
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First United Methodist Church
200 E. Third St., Lewistown PA 17044