John "Jack" EckenrodeJune 9, 1922 ~ September 26, 2017 (age 95)
YOUNGSTOWN - John “Jack” Eckenrode, 95, passed away Tuesday evening, Sept. 26, 2017, at Hospice House following a long and fulfilling life.
John was born June 9, 1922, in Youngstown, a son of the late Guy and Margaret Borden Eckenrode, and was a lifelong area resident.
Jack attended Austintown Fitch High School, and proudly served for three years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a Sergeant with the 41st Infantry Division, serving in the South Pacific, and saw extensive combat action. A highly-decorated veteran, Sgt. Eckenrode earned the American Theatre Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with Two Bronze Stars (signifying combat landings in New Guinea and the Philippines), the Combat Infantry Badge with a Bronze Star, the Army of Occupation Medal for Japan, the Philippines Liberation and Philippines Independence Ribbons, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal for World War II.
After his honorable discharge from the military, Mr. Eckenrode worked for 37 years for Hynes Industries, retiring in 1984.
Jack was a longtime member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown, and he was a member of the Chatterbox Club and of the Hynes Steel Breakfast Club.
Jack leaves his beloved wife of 69 years, Dolores Baytos Eckenrode, whom he married April 10, 1948; two daughters, Karlene (Larry) Fedor of New Middletown and Denise (James) Snyder of Wellington, Fla.; five grandchildren, Sara (Rick) Miller, Courtney (Justin) Flack, Nicholas J. Demko, Patrick Snyder, and Kelly (Jason) Cline; four great-grandchildren, Everett Flack, Mason Miller, Mackenzie Cline, and Madison Cline; a sister-in-law, Rosemarie Eckenrode of Boardman; and many nieces and nephews.
A brother, Donald Eckenrode, and a sister, Shirley Wilder, preceded Jack in death.
Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 30, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at noon.
Interment with military honors will follow Green Haven Memorial Gardens.