James R. Eckhoff

Sep 13, 2018
James Eckhoff

Warren — James R. Eckhoff, 73, went home to be with the Lord following an extended illness, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. His loving wife was at his side.

Born in Sweet Springs, Mo., in 1945, Jim was the son of Herbert and Hildegard Burfeind Eckhoff.

Following high school, Jim married Barbara Jenkins in Sweet Springs. Together they had two children, Vicki and Kevin. For many years Jim worked at the Kansas City Chevrolet plant and later drove a dairy tanker truck, as well as working in the logging industry. Jim relocated to Maine in 1975.

Later he met and married Irene Lydecker. Blending their existing families, they later welcomed one more daughter into their home.

For more than 25 years, Jim worked for Maritime Energy driving a fuel oil tanker truck as well as serving as a dispatcher. Jim loved working for Maritime. The camaraderie and friendships he formed there were something he cherished. After he retired, Jim couldn’t stay away. He returned to work in the company’s convenience stores. At one point, he estimated he had made more than 10,000 trips to and from Portland in his tanker truck.

Jim loved being outdoors. Fishing, taking his boat out on the water and mowing the lawn with his riding mower were some of his favorite pastimes. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, taking them all for rides on the mower. He never missed an opportunity to tell them see how proud he was of their accomplishments or brag about them to other people.

Jim had a heart for helping others. He always put others above himself. Over the years he formed many special friendships, especially with Tom Wade, who visited each week for a cup of coffee; Candi Johnson, whom he thought of as a daughter; John Ware and Susan Ware Page, who were so supportive and great to work for; as well as Jesse Kurr, who took over Jim’s transport route.

Jim had a simple nature about him, and was a humble, nonmaterialistic person. He lived his life well, knowing the truly important things in life were not things at all. He will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends who loved him.

Predeceased by his parents; his son Kevin D. Eckhoff in 1984; and a grandson, Christian Harrison, Jim is survived by his wife, Irene, of Warren; his daughters, Vicki Siegel and her husband, Keith, of Union, Melinda Butterfield and her husband, William III, of Waldoboro, Pamela Ostbye of Nobleboro; a son, Stephen Manter, and his wife, Stacey, of Lubbock, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Rachel Siegel, Jacob Siegel, Kayla Butterfield, James Butterfield, Zachary Butterfield, Lydia Butterfield, Annalina Ostbye, Ella Ostbye, Joshua Manter, Jamayka Manter, Rutger Harrison; his siblings, Wendall Eckhoff and his wife, Joyce, Sharon Knight and her husbandm John, all of Sweet Springs, Mo.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. Private interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place MSC 512, Memphis, TN 38105.

To share a memory or condolence with the Eckhoff family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

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