HANCOCK - Roger Lawrence Eckhardt, 72, died July 9, 2015, at his home. He was born in Eden, New York, the son of Lawrence and Erika Eckhardt.
Roger played football at Eden High School and graduated in 1961, and attended Cornell University graduating in 1965. He served in the U.S. Navy as a junior officer from 1966 to 1969, including a Vietnam tour.
In Eden as a boy, Roger worked on his uncle's vegetable farms. Driving the tractor and taking produce to market in Buffalo were enjoyable times for Roger. He became an avid gardener, canner, jam and chutney maker and an excellent cook and baker. You would find Roger at the Ellsworth Farmer's Market most Saturdays during the summer. Growing, shopping, preparing, eating and sharing food were a pleasure for Roger.
In 1974 Roger and his wife, Dianne, bought an old farmhouse that Roger restored. He started a business restoring nearby older homes.
Roger is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Dianne (Travis) Eckhardt; sisters, Carol Joy Knight of Eden, NY, and Maggie Pedersen of Colorado Springs, CO; nephews, Eric Knight of Berwyn, PA, and Greg Pedersen of Windsor, CO; and niece, Marla Brazil of Colorado Springs, CO.
A Memorial Service celebrating Roger's life will be held at 2 p.m. August 15, 2015, at the Union Congregational Church, Route 1, Hancock. Please bring one flower in remembrance of Roger. Donations in Roger's memory may be made to the organization of your choice; Union Congregational Church, P.O. Box 443, Hancock, ME 04640; or Pierre Monteux School, P.O. Box 457, Hancock, ME 04640. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.