Louis Wesley Eckert, of Mason, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, at the age of 88.
Louis was born in Mason County on January 19, 1924. He was a life-long resident of Mason County. He was raised on the family ranch near Long Mountain.
As a young man he and his brother Milton showed calves at stock shows across Texas. He was a graduate of Mason High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
While in the Navy he served in the Pacific Theater of Operations on the USS Barataria and spent most of his time on the USS Salamaua, an escort aircraft carrier. While on the Salamaua, the ship was struck by a kamikaze causing considerable damage to the ship. During his time in the service Louis earned three battle stars. In later years he enjoyed going to his ship reunions and visiting with his former ship mates.
After the war, Louis returned home and on December 9, 1950, he married Elaine Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They made their home on the family ranch where they raised cattle, sheep, goats and hogs and Louis also did custom hay baling. Louis also worked for Eckert Equipment Company.
Their marriage was blessed with two children Kris and Barbara. Louis enjoyed helping the kids with their 4H activities and also with showing hogs at various stock shows around the state.
Louis was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church where, in earlier years, he sang in the choir and was active with Lutheran Brotherhood and the VFW. He loved to read and fish at the river. He enjoyed deer hunting and was a very good shot! Louis especially enjoyed hunting with his dogs
He liked to play 42 and enjoyed singing both in the choir and at home. Louis loved his grandsons and great-granddaughter and was very proud of his son-in-law and daughter-in-law. He loved to play jokes on people and tease them in a good-natured way. Even on his last evening, he was joking with the ambulance attendants and the staff in the emergency room at the hospital.
Mr. Eckert is survived by his wife Elaine Eckert of Mason, a son Kris Eckert and wife Holly of Mason, daughter Barbara Sladek and husband Larry of Taylor, grandsons Chad Eckert, Cole Eckert and Justin Sladek and wife Courtney, great-granddaughter Tara Kaye Sladek and a sister Ella Mae Behrens of Mason.
He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Mogford and his brother Milton Eckert.
Funeral services for Louis Eckert were held on Saturday, September 15, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason.
Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery with Military Honors.
Visitation with the family was Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers were Cole Eckert, Chad Eckert, Justin Sladek, Jim Lange, Dean Eckert, Mike Probst, David Carter and Victor Castillo. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Meyer, Bill Hight, Nita Hight, Gary Schmidt, J.C. Avant, Leo Friday and Jerry Johnson.
Memorials in his honor may be made to the London VFD, St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the volunteer fire department of one’s choice.
Services were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.