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Gary Eckert

Obituary of Gary Eckert

Gary Michael Eckert, 76, of Cortland, NY passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, on July 19, 2021. Gary was born on January 10th, 1945 in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania, to Gerard Lawrence Eckert and Verna Anna (Yourns) Eckert. Gary graduated from Williamsport High School as a machinist. He served in the Army Reserves for seven years, earning the Rifle Marksmanship Badge of Sharp Shooter. Gary earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching at Penn State University. He had a long career as a manufacturing engineer. He returned to his passion of teaching and taught technology at the William George Agency before retiring. Gary loved spending time with his family more than anything else. He was an avid fan at his grandchildren's sporting events. He also enjoyed riding his bike, taking walks, and swimming. Gary loved music and dancing. He was a vocalist and bass guitarist in the bands "The Unknowns" and "The Cyclones". He is survived by his loving wife Mary Margaret (Hoffman) Eckert; his daughters Molly (Mark) Harrington, Kim (Christopher) Kelchner, grandchildren Kyle Harrington, Megan Harrington, Kristoffer (Kayli Holbrook) Kelchner, Aaron Kelchner, David Kelchner, and great-granddaughter Harper Kelchner. He is also survived by his siblings Linda (Michael) Waldvogle, Alvin Eckert, and Dale (Dale-Ann) Eckert. Calling hours will be held at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home in Cortland, NY, on Wednesday, July 21st from 5-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Anthony's Church on Thursday, July 22nd at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to donate to St. Anthony's Church of Cortland. To offer online condolences, please visit

Visitation at Funeral Home

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Wright-Beard Funeral Home Inc.
9 Lincoln Ave.
Cortland, New York, United States


11:00 am
Thursday, July 22, 2021
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
50 Pomeroy Street
Cortland, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

St Mary's Cemetery
RT 281
Cortland, New York, United States