Edward Eckman

Obituary of Edward Paul Eckman

Edward Paul Eckman has received a call, an offer from God he could not refuse.

It is with the greatest of sadness that we announce the passing of Edward Paul Eckman, age 86, of Slidell, Louisiana, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Ochsner Medical Center.  

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Renate; daughter, Karen Eckman (Ron Jefferson) of Lacombe, LA ; sister, Jean Ann (Richard) Burfield of Elkland, PA ; niece, Amber (John) Johnston of Summerville, SC ; sister-in-law, Vela Rexford of Lincoln, CA; and countless extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his most loving parents, Einar and Helen Eckman of Elkland, PA.

Edward was born and raised in the Elkland, Pa, where he graduated from Elkland Area High School in 1953.  He went on to study Aeronautics at Penn State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering in 1957.  He received an honorary Master’s Degree in Business from Harvard and an Honorary Master’s Degree from the Naval Weapons College. 

After graduation, Edward started his career in Niagara Falls, NY with Bell Aircraft.  After making a name for himself in the aeronautics world, he moved his family to New Orleans, LA in 1972 to continue his career with Bell Aircraft, now known as Textron.  His genius and leadership abilities did not go unnoticed as he rose to the ranks of Vice President of Operations in New Orleans before his retirement in 1999. 

Edward loved to travel with his wife and family.  His love of travel began with his many trips to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea during his years with Textron. He continued to take many trips to Europe, traveling and cruising and loved experiencing the different cultures around the world.  He loved to get his hands dirty and work out in his yard and gardens.  However, his two most favorite places to be were in his beloved Smoky Mountains home in Gatlinburg, TN and anywhere his beloved Renate was. 

Edward and Renate attended Lamb of God Lutheran Church of Slidell.  The family asks that donations be made in Edward’s name to either the American Heart Association or Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at colonialwilliamsburg.org

Edward’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Cardiac ICU Interventionalists, Cardiology Intensivists, countless nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers that cared for him at Ochsner Medical Center.  Thank you so much for all you do.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com

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