Floyd J. "Boomer" Eckert
Floyd J. "Boomer" Eckert, 89, of 1471 Rosely Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness. He was born May 8, 1922, in St. Marys, son of the late Henry and Anna Haberberger Eckert. On Nov. 16, 1946, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Margaret "Tonie" Paropacic, who survives. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1984 after 43 years of service. Mr. Eckert was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Marines from May 1943 to February 1946, and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.He was a member of the Queen of the World Church, a member of the VFW, St. Marys Sharpshooter Team, St. Marys Trap and Skeet Team, St. Marys Sportsmen's Club, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sandy Wehler and her husband Allen of St. Marys, and Debbie Nussbaum and her husband Rick of St. Marys; two sons, Gerald J. Eckert and his wife Shirley of St. Marys, and Richard J. Eckert and his wife Darlene of St. Marys; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Geraldine "Tootsie" Bille of St. Marys, Patty Quagliani and her husband William "PeeWee" of Kersey, and Jane Yetzer of Arizona; and a brother, Thomas Eckert and his wife Alice of St. Marys.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Leona Fritz and Katherine Herbstritt; and by six brothers, Richard, James, Carl, Arthur, Donald and Raymond Eckert. A Mass of Christian Burial for Floyd J. "Boomer" Eckert will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, as celebrant. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857.