Kenneth George Eckert Sr.

December 31, 1938February 23, 2021

Kenneth George Eckert, 82 died Tuesday, February 23, 2021 in a house fire. Ken is survived by his children Joy Boland, Kenneth, Andrew (Tammy), and Karl (Shelby) Eckert; 8 grandchildren; 7 great -grandchildren; brother John Kevin Eckert of Severna Park MD; and 2 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy (Steigerwald); spouses Catherine (Bucher), Ruth (Swavely), and Frances (Hulsizer). Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1938, Ken served in the Navy from 1959 to 1962 where he learned engineering skills. He then worked as a technician and then manager at IBM for 30 years. Always learning and looking for opportunities where he could solve engineering problems, in his retirement Ken developed an environmental Freon recovery and disposal business after which he started and ran Eckert HVAC. Ken’s passions were many and he loved sharing his skills and knowledge. He loved nature, animals, fishing, boating and sailing, and shooting. An aeronautic buff, he spent many years building, fixing and flying ultralight planes. A collector and creator of tools and gadgets, Ken could fix what was broken, even creating the parts he needed. Ken found solace and comfort in his workshop. For more than 25 years, he was involved with the historic preservation and restoration of Historic Schaefferstown, where he was an active member sharing his time, knowledge and skills as a craftsman, engineer, woodworker, stonemason, historian, demonstrator and friend. He will be missed. Clauser Funeral Home, Schaefferstown, is helping with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, dedications may be made to Historic Schaefferstown, Inc., PO Box 307, Schaefferstown, PA 17088. A private ceremony celebrating Ken’s life will be held on the Chesapeake Bay later this year. The family thanks the 8 fire companies and the 65 firemen that came to assist. Thank you to friends, neighbors, and the Schaefferstown community for the wonderful compassion and care shown to us. It is also a tremendous comfort to know Dad knew his sins were forgiven through the work of Jesus.


  • Historic Schaefferstown, Inc.




Kenneth George Eckert Sr.

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Timothy Breneisen

March 6, 2021

I met Ken when he first started his refrigerant recovery business, and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority was setting up a program to responsibly manage scrap appliances containing refrigerants. After much research and uncertainty on how to proceed, Ken happened to walk in the door and cold call at an opportune time to review his innovative business vision which resulted in a mutually beneficial arrangement. Ken processed hundreds of old appliances a year for several years until he sold the enterprise. During those years I gained much respect for Ken and built a good friendship over lunch (he enjoyed those Stromboli’s at Columbo’s). Ken was also a great resource as we shared an interest in log homes and he and Karl were willing to share knowledge (and his scaffold) so I could maintain the exterior of my log home. Ken’s professional relationship and personal friendship were a highlight to me. My deepest sympathy to his family, but I trust that Ken will rest in peace in God’s kingdom. Tim Breneisen, Lancaster, PA

Eleanor Sweeney

March 5, 2021

Ken helped us at the “Young Villagers” camp for children held each summer at Historic Schaefferstown. He fired the Squirrel-tail oven for us on Baking Day and explained to the campers how the oven functioned and why it had that name. He was fascinating to talk to as he seemed to know something about everything.
He was an asset to our community and will be missed!

Jack Shultz

March 2, 2021

Ken And I worked at IBM together for many years. Helped restore the old farm house on the Durst Thoma property. Lost contact with him years ago, thought he had retired down along the Chesapeake bay area somewhere. Did not know he had returned to local address. So sorry to lose him Great guy. I am also a licensed pilot.

John Shultz

March 1, 2021

Can I get a full obituary for Ken? Would like to know if he is The Ken I worked with at IBM years ago. Maybe someone at the funeral home would contact me. Thanks

Terry Frantz

February 28, 2021

I knew Ken through his love of flying. Met him at Keller's airport and over the years got to know him. An erasible old fart like me, but with a good heart! I know he's in a better place with his wife now. My condolences to his family.

John Shultz

February 28, 2021

Was that the Ken Eckert that worked for IBM? If so, I was a close friend for many years, but lost track of him 25 years ago. Sorry to hear of his passing. Please let me know Thank you

Tate Reed

February 26, 2021

Ken was a regular in my day working at Dutch-Way. I find it difficult to fully articulate what a wonderful man he was just in my short interactions with him. He was genuinely caring, a tender elderly man with lots of stories if you had the time to listen. I count it a blessing to have known him in some small way. May the Lord bless those that are in his family. Keep the sourdough strong!