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Elwood Hecker

Elwood C. "Pete" Hecker

Thursday, August 26th, 1937 - Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Elwood "Pete" C. Hecker Jr., 82, of Ephrata, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family. Pete was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

He was born in Lancaster to the late Elwood C., Sr. and Esther (Ruhl) Hecker and was the husband of Geralyn G. (Ritchie) Hecker who passed away in 2010.

He was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ephrata, where he served as a lector in his earlier years. He was also a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus member.

Pete started his career as a teller and retired as the Senior Vice President of Credit and Loans for the former Farmers First Bank, Lititz, PA. He was a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and a veteran of the US Air Force serving in an administrative role.

Pete genuinely loved his children and grandchildren often surprising them with tokens of affection. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, traveling and playing golf. He especially enjoyed Saturday morning and 7:00 p.m. phone calls with his best friends. He was an avid reader and movie buff. Pete was a lover of finer foods and was especially fond of subs.

Pete is survived by six children, Steven, husband of Sharon Hecker of Lancaster, Sheryl, wife of Melvin Martin of Ephrata, Joni, wife of Robert Gingrich of Frankford, DE, Patricia, wife of Ronald Schlegel of Ephrata, Christopher Hecker of Ephrata, Kathleen, wife of Michael Jones of Ephrata; 22 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

If desired, memorial contributions in Pete's memory may be made to Ephrata Area Social Services to honor’s Pete’s love of families or to Hospice and Community Care who provided exceptional care.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.
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Kay Alleman

Posted at 01:59pm
I had the privilege of working with Pete at Farmers First Bank for many years. Wish to send my deepest sympathy to all of his family.
Thoughts and prayers. Kay Alleman

James W Houghton

Posted at 02:00pm
My condolences to my cousin Pete's family from Jim Houghton.. God Bless You All!

Jean Chaballa

Posted at 09:15am
Best super bowl parties ever and food prepared by our favorite chef Pete. Hugs and prayers to all at this sad time. Uncle Joe and Aunt Jean

Joni Gingrich

Posted at 05:05pm
Just thought of a funny memory .Mom and Dad couldn’t make it to a school reunion so they decided to make a video to update everyone. So Mom was recording Dad and he was looking quite dapper and handsome in his suit and tie. He preceded to talk about each member of his family and his career and generally everything that has has gone on .He looked so handsome and dignified and spoke with such excitement to be to be able to a least address his class and participate in some way. And the camera was pulled back. And there he was standing in front of Moms organ. His tie matched his suit perfectly and he had on a pair of boxers, and socks. No slacks. Still being serious and wishes everyone well. It was hysterical . That was my Dad.

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