Robert ‘Bob’ H. Eckhardt

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Robert ‘Bob’ H. Eckhardt

Robert H. Eckhardt (Bob) of Lewistown, passed away on Jan. 8, 2020 at the age of 80 with his loving family at his side. Born in Great Falls on April 24, 1939 to John and Leta Eckhardt, Bob attended school in Moccasin, Lavina and graduated from Ryegate High School in 1957.

Bob was first joined in marriage to Martha Warneke and they spent 35 years together while raising their three children, Debbie, Joe and Rebecca, on the land he was so fond of at the base of the Big Snowy Mountains.

In 1995, Bob rekindled his friendship with high school crush, Audrey (Corcoran) Keller. The couple married in 1996 and enjoyed many years of dancing together. Between them, they have seven children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, whom they loved very much.

Bob held many jobs over his lifetime. He was employed as a mechanic for Wojtowick Motors in Harlowton, a service Manager for Cooley Chevrolet in Lewistown, a mechanic for Dave Miller’s shop in Judith Gap, and a hired hand for the Swanz Ranch, also in Judith Gap. He was also a former owner and operator of a filling station in Roberts, Montana, and the foreman for the Wheatland County Shop in Harlowton from 1984-2001 when he retired from the workforce. The past several years in Lewistown, Bob found great joy in working as a volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels for the Council on Aging, and he spent a year on their board of directors.

Those who knew Bob will remember him for his kindness, honesty, hard work ethic, huge hugs and easy smile. He took great joy in helping others and working with his hands. He spent many hours of his retirement years tending to his garden, working in the yard, building sheds, decks and other various wood creations, as well as helping his children with many household fix-it projects. He loved to fish, and Bob and Audrey spent many summers fishing and camping all around Central Montana.

He was preceded in death by his father John, mother Leta, sister Betty Ann and nieces Melody and Kerri.

He is survived by his wife Audrey; children Debbie (Don) Lee, Joe (Tammy) Eckhardt, Rebecca (Dustin) Reisig; stepchildren Kellee (Ron) Fisk, Joe (Andrea) Keller, Mark Keller, Jeff (Robyn) Keller; grandchildren Brian (Diane) Lee, Jim Lee, Emily and Jamie Eckhardt, Jacob and Colt Reisig, Katy (Matt) Fisk, Cole and Grace Keller, Sophie and Summer Keller; greatgrandchildren Madeline, Caleb and Rebecca Lee; siblings Joan (Guy) Drivers, Dale (Mel) Eckhardt, Jon (Dee) Eckhardt, Dearlene Hodik, Jane (Dennis) Dygert, Zane Zirschky and Mary (Woodie) Westburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Robert H. (Bob) Eckhardt will be Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the Cloyd Chapel. Cremation has taken place and committal will be in the Stanford Cemetery at a later date. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Bob’s family would like to thank the Hospice nursing staff for their care, comfort and kindness.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the Fergus County Council on Aging Meals on Wheels Program or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com.

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