James H. Eck

James H. Eck, 94, of Bastress Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 8, 2019.

Jim was born in Renovo, on March 1, 1925, a son of Herman A. and Mabel Eiswert Eck.

He was the oldest member of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as a member of the church’s Holy Name Society. He also was a member of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4738, Jersey Shore, and a Fourth-Degree member of the Father Reichsteiner Assembly. Jim was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Schwarzwald Hunting Club.

Jim had a love for farming, especially fruit farming. He had various employments, previously working at Susquehanna Supply, and most recently he retired from Textron-Lycoming.

Surviving are his children, Patty (Ronny) Pfirman, Diana (Mike) Persun, Evelyn (Harry) Rall, MaryLou (Joe) O’Neill, Denise (Dan) Boring, Doris (Larry) Bush, Roxane (Rick) Keller, Larry (Beth) Eck, Cheryl (Eric) Palski, Tammy (Mike) Packer, and Kimberly (Scott) Corson; 58 grandchildren; 124 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Alfred, Richard, Edward and Leonard Eck; and sisters, Margaret “Peg” Bubb, Jane Dincher, Mary Ann Waldman, Ruth Hauser, Shirley Tripoli, and Joan Marie Cahn.

He was a devoted husband to his wife of 71 years, Irene Marion Steinbacher, who died Jan. 18, 2019. In addition to his parents, a son, James Stephen Eck, grandsons, Dale Pfirman and Joshua Rall, a great-grandson, Ethan Persun, brothers, Francis, Joseph and Lawrence Eck, and sisters, Dorothy Fischer and Eileen Hamm, all preceded him in death.

The family will receive family and friends at Crouse Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Thursday, July 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service at 5:15 p.m. and the rosary being recited at 5:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Friday, July 12, at Immaculate Conception of the BVM, 5973 Jacks Hollow Road, Bastress, followed by burial in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions be made to the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, P.O. Box 144, Williamsport, PA 17703.

To share a fond memory or sign a register book, please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com.