Donald Gerard Eckrich Sr. of Ironton passed away March 5, 2020 at his residence at the age of 68 years. He was born November 24, 1951 in Jacksonville, Illinois, the son of the late Donald John and Eleanor Mae (Christel) Eckrich.
On July 13, 1985, Don was united in marriage and is survived by Sheila Marie Becker. He was a loving father to Crystal (Shad) Koger of Fairfax, Richard (Dory) Hackett of Ironton, Donald (Amy) Eckrich Jr. of Festus, Nicole (Mike) Blaylock of Festus, and Tiffany (Tim) Bollinger of St. Louis. Also surviving are two brothers; Joseph (Faye) Eckrich of Fenton, James Eckrich of St. Louis, Pamela (Ron) Bub of St. Louis, Patricia (Joe) Taylor also of St. Louis, thirteen grandchildren, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Don was a proud Union member who made his living as a welder/maintenance mechanic. He loved reading and was a Civil War buff. Don was an avid sports fan. He especially enjoyed baseball, hockey, football and coached many youth teams through the years. He was a member of Arcadia Valley United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Arcadia Valley United Methodist Church with Pastor Marty Blakey officiating. Visitation was held Monday, March 9, 2020, at Bryson Funeral Home and on Tuesday immediately preceding the service. Interment was at Arcadia Valley Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brysonfuneralhome.com.