Lloyd Edward Eckhardt, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Houston, Texas on August 2, 2016.
Lloyd was born on October 29, 1921 to George Jr. and Mattie Eckhardt in Cedar County, Nebraska, on a farm bordering the Missouri River just east of the Yankton Bridge. Lloyd married Ruth Marie Nelson on July 15, 1942 and they established their home in Yankton. Their life focused on faith, family, and friends. Lloyd and Ruth loved to take the kids and go visit family and friends. They also enjoyed dancing. Lloyd was a skilled hunter and fisherman. As World War II began, Lloyd enlisted in the Navy and served 3 years. His final naval assignment was in the Philippines as an Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class. Upon returning from the war, Lloyd worked for the Freeman Company in Yankton as an apprentice machinist. Then in 1952, due to Ruth's onset of Multiple Sclerosis, the family moved to Redondo Beach, CA seeking better doctors and milder climate. After many happy years in sunny California, the family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1960; and in 1963 the family made a final move to Houston, Texas, when Lloyd's employer moved operations there. After nearly 50 years together, Ruth died February 9, 1992. In 1994 Lloyd married Billie Brodnax of Houston; and she survives him after 22 years together.
Lloyd is also survived by his five sons: Gary (Judith) of Denver, CO; Curtiss (Marilynn) of Denver; Lindsay (Jeanie) of Taylor, TX; Timothy of Blue Springs, MO; and Gene (Kathy) of Houston, TX and his eleven grandchildren as well as many great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Other close family members survive Lloyd, including: Don Nelson of Kingman, AZ; Rosemary Nelson Mac Keen of Shell Beach, CA: Linda Nelson Fox of Yankton; Donna Nelson of Sioux Falls, SD; and Earl Tramp of Yankton. Lloyd was predeceased by his first born son, Dennis, and his wife, Ruth, as well as his parents, George Jr. and Mattie, and siblings: Alvin (Josephine) Eckhardt; Vera Grace (Beryl) Taylor; Mae (Jule) Tramp; as well as Ruth's brothers: Ed (Red) Nelson; Vernon Nelson; and Richard Nelson.
A devote Roman Catholic, Lloyd's final rites will be held in the family's beloved original hometown of Yankton, South Dakota. On Friday, October 7, 2016, a visitation with family is planned at Wintz-Ray Funeral Home, 2901 Douglas Street, from 6-8 p.m. Rosary and Wake Service will begin at 6:45 that evening.
Lloyd's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 E. 6th Street, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Interment with military recognition will follow immediately at Sacred Heart Cemetery on Douglas Avenue between 25th and 27 Streets. A reception will follow.
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