Ervin Edward Eckert of Doss, Texas, went to be with his Lord on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the age of 90 years. He passed away in the Fredericksburg Nursing Home in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was born on July 13, 1924, in the Salt Branch Community of Doss in Mason County at his grandparents’ home.
He married Yvonne Harper on December 26, 1954, at First United Methodist Church, Mason, and she survives him. Surviving children are Ernie Eckert of San Angelo, Larry Eckert and wife Jana of Abilene, Jimmie Jill Pilcher and husband Halton (Hal) of Sherman and Ellen Eckert of Austin. Surviving Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren to their “Opa” Eckert include grandchildren, Amber Adams and husband Jack Adams, Elise Eckert, Brandon Pilcher, Morgan Pilcher, Evan Eckert and Nicholas Eckert. Great-Grandchildren include Ashtyn Eckert, Addison Adams, Emma Adams and Ashlie Pilcher. Also surviving is brother-in-laws, Roy Itz of Doss, Dayton Harper and his wife Mitzi of San Angelo, Samuel Harper, Jr. of Mason and David Berry and wife Karen of Water Valley. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces.
Ervin is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Meta Eckert nee Evers, and sisters Myrtle Geistweidt and her husband Homer Geistweidt and Violet Itz.
Ervin was a life-long member of the Hilda United Methodist Church of Hilda where he served on the board and as a Sunday school teacher. He was a rancher his entire life with the exception of the time he served in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed overseas for 20 months with most of his time spent in Italy before returning home.
Ervin was a cowboy. He rode and trained horses raised on the family ranch. Upon returning home from the service he continued to ranch and he operated a custom hay cutting and baling service for many years. He continued to be active in farming and ranching until he was involved in a serious automobile accident in April 1992. Upon his return home from being hospitalized and completing rehabilitation, he continued to assist with the ranching activities but with a somewhat limited capacity.
Ervin loved his family, home-made ice cream and dried sausage. The family made venison and pork sausage annually and he would often carry a piece of dried sausage in his pocket before heading out the door to start the day’s chores. He loved music, especially country music and always enjoyed watching RFD TV programing when a musical program was on.
He was a charter member of the Doss Volunteer Fire Department serving in most every responsibility within the department. He was an active member of the Doss Community Improvement Club, past member of the Doss CCSD school board where he served as President for many years and a substitute bus driver. He was a member of the Friends of Doss School organization and served as a 4-H Adult Leader for 20 plus years. Ervin loved History. It was his favorite subject in school and he had a knack for preserving history within his family by telling stories to those around him, especially those much younger. Because this was a passion of his, he volunteered countless hours working on various committees within both Mason and Gillespie counties recording historical data for rural schools, rural homesteads and collecting family history for the Eckert genealogy record book.
Funeral services by Pastor Wade Powell were held on Thursday morning, August 14, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Hilda United Methodist Church interment with military honors followed in the Hilda Cemetery.
Pallbearers for Ervin Eckert were Gene Geistweidt, Joe D Geistweidt, Tommy Eckert, Jay Arhelger, Darrell Arhelger, and David Eckert. Honorary Pallbearers include Ervin’s Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, Dayton and Mitzi Harper, Samuel Harper, Jr., David Berry, Roy Itz, Sharon Loeffler, Jackson and Judy Leddy, Presley and Vernell Arhelger, Randy and Audell Burkey, Warren and Katy Hahn, Joe and Susan Shafer, Durey and Lawanda Menzies, Kenneth “Stormy” and Annette Maner, Pat and Carolyn Jung, Max and Franny Hartmann ,and Allen Eckert.
For those who so desire, memorials may be made to the Hilda United Methodist Church Building Fund, Friends of Doss School or the Doss Volunteer Fire Department or a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.