William R. Eckenrode

May 5, 1931 – Feb. 14, 2017

William R. Eckenrode, 85, Ebensburg, passed away Tuesday at his residence.

He was born in East Carroll Township, son of the late Raymond and Catherine (Karlheim) Eckenrode.

Surviving are seven children: Susan and husband, Eugene Stoltz, of Hollidaysburg; Michael Eckenrode and wife, Patty (Angelo), Deborah and husband, Michael Brawley, and Mark Eckenrode and wife, Julie (Rizzo), all of Ebensburg; Lynda and husband, Roy Holtz, of Patton; William J. Eckenrode and wife, Jill (Davis), of Heilwood; and Barbara and husband, Darren McLaurin, of Duncansville. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren who knew him lovingly as “Pap,” as well as a sister, Rose Crawford of Vista, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Ginger Eckenrode of Carrolltown.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joyce Ann (Missimer) Eckenrode, who passed away Jan. 17, 2013, and with whom he shared 52 years of marriage; a brother, Fred Eckenrode; and four sisters: Verna Ambrisco, Anna Sharbaugh, Mary Shoemaker and Clara Inzana.

William was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during the Korean War. For 40 years, he worked together with his wife on their Bill-Joy Dairy Farm. He was also a school bus driver, and he had countless special memories of the time that he spent transporting children with great caution and care.

He was a life-member of St. Benedict VFW Post 7783 and Carrolltown American Legion Post 506, and he was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown.

He was always eager to share his many life stories and anecdotes with family and friends. There was never a dull or quiet moment when he was in the room, and making everyone smile and laugh was truly one of his greatest talents and gifts.

Above all, he loved his family deeply and, he especially enjoyed spending time with and sharing stories about his grandchildren and great-grand­children. His stories and life lessons will live forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

“Live your life living a legacy of love. In the end, what else matters?”

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria, and from 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown, Father Jude Brady OSB celebrant. Committal will be held at St. Benedict Cemetery, with military honors presented by local veterans’ organizations.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Benedict Church, 100 S. Main St., Carrolltown, PA 15722, or St. Vincent de Paul, 58 Progress Pkwy., Maryland Heights, MO 63043.