James Edward Eckman

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James Edward Eckman

April 29, 1929 - January 13, 2019

James Edward Eckman ANDERSON [mdash] James Edward Eckman, 89, a resident of Anderson, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, peacefully and in his sleep.
James was born in Hog Hollow, Pennsylvania, to Orvis and Audrey Eakman. James signed up for the Navy and served in the Atlantic fleet, aboard a destroyer. After his military service, James moved to South Bend, Indiana, to start his college education, then matriculated to Anderson College, graduating with a degree in Divinity. James soon married Lois Alta Spon.
James started selling insurance part-time while going to school at Anderson College. Add to this, James was also working at Delco Remy. Insurance sales became his clear calling and with James soon becoming vice president of sales for Layman Life (an Anderson-based insurance company). James opened First Equity Security Life and this became the mainstay of his business career.
In retirement, James continued his growing interest in fitness. James was a regular member and workout attendee at the Anderson YMCA. James lived for fitness. He believed that you must train for your senior years like you are training for the Olympics. This was evident by his instructing classes in chair aerobics and attending spin class just last winter (2018).
James is survived by his two sons, Robert Eckman and Max Eckman; three grandchildren, Megan (Eckman) Johnson, Corey Eckman, and Morgan (Eckman) Bonnell; his great-grandchildren, Jack Johnson and Allie Johnson. James was married to Lois Spon, mother of Robert and Max Eckman, Ethel Bennifel, and his longtime loving partner and final partner in life, Ms. Lee Givens.
James is also survived by his younger brothers, Joseph Eakman and Jack Eakman.
Published on January 15, 2019
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Cindy Cooke Asher
Jan 16, 2019
There are so many memories, the lake cottage, boating, skiing, your pool, your dad and his daily exercise routine and how he enjoyed the Sunday "intellectual" (as he called it) comic page. His friendship with my dad and our parents long time friendship. It's all a treasure to hold close. I am very sorry for you loss Bob and Max
David Gamble
Jan 16, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. When Bob and I were younger and hung out together Jim and Lois were so very kind to me. He will be missed.