James L. Eckman

James L. Eckman, 77, of Strasburg Township, passed away at home unexpectedly of natural causes on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Born July 17, 1941 in Kinzers, he was the son of the late Joseph S. Eckman and Catherine (Mellinger) Eckman of Gordonville. Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cathy (Hess) Eckman; three children, Merrilee, Patrick, and Erica; five grandchildren, Elise, Kealeigh, Olivia, Evan and Gavin and a sister, Peggy.

He graduated from Pequea Valley High School, Class of ’59. Jim worked as a Service Manager for the Faulkner Automobile dealerships.

He was an avid baseball, basketball, and auto enthusiast.  He served as President of Lancaster County Midget Baseball league and was an officer of the Lancaster County Automotive Association.

There will be a Celebration of Jim’s Life on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM. Interment in St. John’s United Methodist Cemetery, Paradise.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation in memory of Jim Eckman to the Paradise Park Foundation, (please write “for Baseball” on the check), P.O. Box 40, Paradise, PA 17562

2 thoughts on “James L. Eckman

  1. I coached the Strasburg Junior Midget team with Jim in 1980. Jim was a great guy and I learned so much from him. I valued and enjoyed every minute I spent with Jim. Patrick was one of our best players and you could see Jim in Pat in many ways. Jim had a great influence on all of the boys on the team. My condolences to Cathy, Pat and the rest of the family.


  2. I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Back in the day (1955-1959) he was a fine center fielder, a robust left-handed hitter, and a good friend when we were teammates on Paradise Lion Midget and American Legion baseball teams. My condolences go out to Jim’s family.

    With sympathy,
    Bob Gehman


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