- On January 13, 2021
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Tom Eckenrode (63) passed away in the comfort of his home in Canonsburg, PA on Monday, January 11, 2021. He was father to Ryan Thomas (Amanda), Vanessa (Pierre Bizier), and Steven. Tom was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Leanna, Adelyn, Henry (Ryan) and Victoria (Vanessa).
He was born in Mt. Lebanon, PA on August 29, 1957 to John P. (Jack) and the late Margaret Eckenrode of Canonsburg, PA and is survived by his 11 siblings, John (the late Pam), Debbie (Rick) Lawson, Bob (Linda), Mary (Mark) Mikec, Chuck (Claudia), Cindy (Chuck) Evanoski, Janet (Gary) Wall, Judy (Rob) Asbell, Susie (Dave) Rendulic, Brian (Kelly) and Ken (Kelly). The mother of his children, Kimberly (Keating) Wohlford, survives him.
Tom graduated from Clarion University of PA with a B.S. Business degree and as a Second Lieutenant in the Army after participating in ROTC. He served a year in Korea before begin stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, CA. He was in the inactive reserve for several years before retiring as a Captain. Tom was a proud member of the 101stAirborne Division and the Military Officers of America where he served as a VP. He also experienced a career in sales that included positions with Pfizer, Comcast, and food service distribution.
He was happiest spending time with family, and always looked forward to family reunions and other gatherings. Often seen as the life of the party, one would long remember his smile while telling jokes. Tom enjoyed the adventure of travel, especially when it involved visiting his children and grandchildren. While living in Canonsburg, he liked to spend time with friends at the senior center. Tom found great solace in church, often attending services at multiple churches on Sunday, or watching live broadcasts from home.
A visitation for family and close friends, followed by small Catholic service, will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 3:30 PM – 6 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021. Tom will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to either:
The local Meals on Wheels via: https://www.cbgministerial.com/donate
Or The Veteran’s Leadership Program https://www.veteransleadershipprogram.org/donate