MILLERSTOWN - Robert A. "Pork" Eckard, 77, of Millerstown, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Lewistown. His father was the late Albert Berkheimer. He was raised by his mother, the late Dorothy (Rankin) Berkheimer Eckard and his adoptive father, Layton Eckard. His first wife, Phyllis "Kick" (Smith) Eckard, whom he married on July 28, 1956, passed away on July 9, 1996. He then married Audrey (Zendt) Kerr on Oct. 16, 1999, who survives.
He is also survived by: one son, Steven Eckard and his wife, Joyce, of Greenville; one daughter, Tracy Eckard Isaac and husband, Wilson, of Lancaster; one stepson, Stephen Kerr and wife, Melodee, of Millerstown; one stepdaughter, Lisa Kerr, of Harrisburg; one brother, Jack Eckard and wife, Sandy, of Danville; three sisters, Dorothy Benner and husband, Carl, of Thompsontown, Sarah Walters, of Port Royal, and Eva Sieber and husband, Robert, of Mifflintown; one brother-in-law, Ray Stydinger, of Thompsontown; three grandchildren, Megan, Chad and Kristin Eckard; two stepgrandchildren, Tristan Kerr and wife, Merena, and Misha Kelemen; and four stepgreat-grandchil- dren, Ashlin and Summer Kelemen and Braxtan and Porter Kerr.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Stydinger.
He attended Juniata High School in Mifflintown and, as a youth, delivered newspapers and milk in his Lewistown neighborhood.
He was a dedicated construction worker for John E. Groninger for more than 40 years.
He was a member of Locust Run United Methodist Church for many years until he joined the Donnally Mills United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, boating and watching Penn State games. He loved building things from wood and his family treasures the furniture and items that he made for them.
His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Donnally Mills United Methodist Church, with Pastor Wyatt Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Locust Run Cemetery.
There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Guss Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Donnally Mills United Methodist Church, 4078 Raccoon Valley Road, Millerstown, PA 17062 or to the Locust Run United Methodist Church, c/o Joette Yocum, treas., 700 Texas Hollow Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.