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OBIT RichardEckert

May 23, 1934 – May 25, 2014 

After a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease Richard Eckert passed away on May 25, 2014. He and his surviving wife of 56 years, Jean, were both born in Huntington, N.Y. and attended Huntington H.S., where they met. Dick attended Farmingdale State College (NY) before enlisting in the U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation Cadet Program, earning his wings on May 2, 1957. 

After their marriage in Huntington, Navy duty in San Diego and the Philippines followed. Dick then attended Rensselaer Poly. Inst. (RPI), Troy, N.Y. and the University of Southern Calif. earning his Master in Engineering. When hiring by the commercial airlines opened up, Dick chose flying for United Airlines until his mandatory retirement in 1994.

Meanwhile, the Eckert’s adopted two sons, Steven and Peter (deceased) and moved to Los Altos in 1970. Dick loved antique cars, old battery-powered radios, tutoring kids and adults, and coaching both Little League and AYSO soccer. Dick also spent many hours as a docent at Hiller Aviation Museum.

Services have been held. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Los Altos. Arrangements by Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, Mtn.View. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1060 La Avenida St., Mt. View, CA 94043, would be appreciated.

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