Merle A. Eckhart
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“The love I have for Papaw will never fade away. I will think of him, my special friend Throughout each passing day. I will walk into the room And see...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Kayla Guckert - Lorain, OH

“Papaw, I already miss you so much. I loved watching Animal Planet with you. I will miss making you peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches when...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Kayla Guckert - Lorain, OH

“merle ,you were always such a gentleman & so very hospitable .you were truly a pleasure to be around . i remember all the fun times we have had with...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: lucas & sandy mckain - norwalk, OH

“Merle eventhough we never got to meet you....we have been blessed with so many stories from your children that we feel like we know you so well.......Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Paula, Lando n Jackie Bruns - OH

“I know we hadn't seen each other in a very long time,I still loved you peace and love to all the family. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Kimberly Hatzinikolis - Coldwater, MI

“I wish I could be there to join the family and friends that will be remembering your life at the memorial gathering at the VFW.One of the things I am...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Cookie Cole - Waterbury, CT

“Dear Grandpa, You have always meant so much to me. All the good times we have spent together, ever since i was just a little tiny baby. You have...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Kelsey Eckhart - Rockford, OH

“Dear big brat,I'm still having trouble grasping the fact you've gone away. I'll always love and miss you. Love, Little brat ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Miranda Drown - Deltona, FL

“I love you and miss you. I still can't believe that your gone. I remember all those times we sat around talking about fishing and farming while you...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Patty Taylor Babb - Deltona, FL

“Merle will be missed. He came into my cousin Sue's life when she needed someone the most. It was great to see her smile and laugh again and Merle...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Bob & Sharon Bennett - Trinity, FL

“Uncle Merle you were a GREAT person with a very kind heart and the best uncle anyone could have I will never forget you . LOVE YOU VERY MUCH ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Darlene Bowman - LaSalle, MI

“Uncle merle, moo moo as matt would call you. Where do u begin to say I love you, there are so many words and memories to express my love for you. The...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Tina Wietrzykowski (foster) - OH

“Merle, Thankyou for being a great friend and companion to my sister. I will never forget all the good times we have shared. You took me orange...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Ruby Brady - Marblehead, OH

“Merle. I will never forget you, and I will always remember all the good times we have gone through together. Although we've had to say goodbye, my...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Sue Taylor - Amherst, OH

“Dearest Merle, You were always my favorite uncle. All the fond memories when growing up included you. Always loved that twinkle in your eye, the...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Cookie - Waterbry, CT - Niece

“You were a wonderful brother and my memories will always be of the great times we shared. Card games, fishing and days of laughter... I loved you...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Ruth Jeko and Jeanne Pickering - OH

“You was a blessing to have in our lives. Seeing you and mom so happy all these years warmed our hearts. The love you shared with her as well as the...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Taylor & Jennifer Taylor - OH

“Uncle many names to call you...Favorite Uncle, Joker, youngest brother of our dad, Ivan (Red) will be missed terribly! Your laugh...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Margaret Lockwood - Toledo, OH

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Merle A. Eckhart, age 77, of Amherst, OH and formerly of Toledo and Van Wert Areas, passed away of cancer on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at his home while under the care of his two children, his friend, and New Life Hospice.

He was born January 12, 1934 in Toledo to the late Charles and Marquerite (nee Friess) Eckhart. He has resided in Amherst, Ohio for the past 2 years.

He served his country in the US Marines during the Korean War with the military police.

Merle was a lifetime Union Member of Local 18 – Operating Engineers and a dairy farmer in Willshire, Ohio.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards. He was a former Golden Gloves boxer and taught the Golden Gloves in Toledo for awhile.

He is survived by his former wife of 33 years, Betty Eckhart; his son, Charles Eckhart, his daughter, Tammy Eckhart, all of Rockford, OH, and his daughter, Kim; his friend, Brenda Sue Taylor, of Amherst; his step-son, Robert Smith, of Oak Harbor, OH; his step-daughter, Kris Scher (nee Oehlers), of Elkhart , IN; 2 grandchildren, Michael and Kelsey Eckhart of Rockford, OH; and his sisters, Ruth Jeko and Joanie Foster, both of Toledo and his brother, Wayne Eckhart, of Las Vegas, NV.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Mike Oehlers; his step-daughter, Virginia Smith, his brother, Ivan "Red" Eckhart and sisters, Doris Cole and Lois Heffelbower.

The family invites friends to attend a memorial service gathering on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 2- 9 p.m. at VFW Hall Post # 9963, 109 North Main St., Walbridge, OH. Please bring a dish to share and it will be a cash bar only (no outside beverages allowed).

Contributions, if desired, may be made to American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115th St, Cleveland, OH 44106 or to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

The Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst, handled the arrangements.

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