Bob Eckert, my best friend in the Navy, passed away on Monday, March 28th, 2011. He was stationed on the USS Hyman (DD732) from 1953 to 1957, and was assigned to the Forward Engine Room. Bob passed his test for promotion to MMI right before his honorable discharge, and was promoted one month after his discharge. He married the love of his life, Jo, in 1960, and they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary together last August. (2010) My wife Shirley and I attended the happy celebration in Hinckley, Ohio where we met Bob and Jo’s two great children, Steve and Linda. Bob had many good friends on the Hyman, and he will be dearly missed.
Bob’s Memorial Service will be held on April 6th at the Busch Funeral Home in Parma, Ohio, and visiting hours will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M, with the service at 5:00P.M. Directions to the home are avaialble at www.buschfuneral.com/parma.cfm.
Photos below: Left, Bob leaning against the guard rail with one of the Hyman’s sister ships in the background. Right, Bob seems to be enjoying the “Gitmo” shake-down cruise. (Circa: 1956)
Photos below: Left, Bob and I toasting New Years Eve, 1957. Right, Bob “catching some rays” on the fantail
Below: Bob and I on a party boat on Hinckley Lake near Hinckley Ohio in August, 2010. (Bob and Jo’s 50th wedding anniversary.) Note my USS Hyman (DD732) ball cap that Bob gave me. (Junior)
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