Lee Roy Eckert of Mason, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at the age of 94. Lee Roy “Giz” Eckert was born on December 22, 1913, in Mason, Texas, to Lee F. Eckert and Laura Grosse Eckert.
He attended school in Mason and graduated from Mason High School. During the summers he worked at R. Grosse and Sons Lumberyard. His first job was in a bank in Bartlett where he worked for two years before moving to Rockdale where he was employed in a lumberyard for a year. His father asked him to come home and help run the family garage.
He did that until the Army called him and he enlisted in March of 1942. He was a member of the 65th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. They were first sent to North Africa and fought there until the Germans surrendered. From there, they fought in the invasion of Sicily. Next, they took a slow boat to northern England and stayed in England until D-Day. The 65th Battalion landed around noon on Utah Beach. They were the first Field Artillery on the beaches of France. They traveled in Belgium, Holland, and Germany until the war ended. Lee Roy was a decorated World War II Army veteran who attained the rank of Sergeant. He was discharged at Fort Sam Houston on October 16, 1945.
Returning to Mason after the war, Lee Roy worked for Harold Zesch and then Rubin Loeffler. In 1951 in Austin, Lee Roy married Mary Fae Banks. They moved to San Saba where he was an accountant for 39 years. After retiring, he and Mary Fae moved back to Mason.
He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Mason. He served for over 21 years on the Administrative Council and 12 years as the church treasurer of the San Saba United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Fae Banks Eckert, his sister, Virginia Eckert Garrett and his brother, Richard Eckert. A proud native son of Mason, a patriot, a trusted businessman, a loving husband and a dedicated church member, Lee Roy Eckert will be missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 27, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mason with Rev. Grosse offiating. Interment followed at Gooch Cemetery in Mason. Visitation with the family was held at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 27th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Memorials may be sent to the Mendy Mahnken Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Gooch Cemetery Association. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.