George Floyd Eckhardt was born on July 4, 1937 in Long Island, NY, to an immigrant father from Germany and an American mother. His hard working parents in Lodi, NJ raised George along with his brother, Bobby. Motivated to serve his country, George left high school early to join the Air Force and later returned to graduate with his class. George was stationed in England, serving as a medic in a hospital. While there, he met and married the love of his life, Sheila. He finished his service and returned to Lodi with his new British bride. Through hard work and determination, he achieved the American dream with his wife, bought a home and had two children. Motivated again to serve his country again, George took a position on the police force where he “walked a beat” to serve the community in Ramsey NJ.
George decided to go back to school to learn a profession as a dental technician. While doing this, he was also volunteering for the ambulance corps. While there tragedy strikes and he was in a terrible accident where he was first pronounced dead, revived and told he would never walk again. But for George, that was not an option. With the help of family and friends, he threw away the crutches and walked again. Shortly after, he moved his family to a lakeside community in Hopatcong, NJ. George enjoyed every aspect of living on that lake, living in a big two-story home with a fenced in yard, boating, waterskiing, sailing, fishing and in the winter ice-skating.
While in Hopatcong, he took a risk and opened up his own business with his wife, father and mother by his side in the garage of his house. Using his bare hands, he became an artist and perfectionist in the field and was admired by many. He excelled! It was the right place; the right time, and a few years later was able to move out of the garage into his own building. Not satisfied with the growing area, he sold the business, packed up the family and moved to Bellingham WA, where the air was clean and he could peruse a different kind of life. Once there, he bought a home on five acres and made a small farm out of it for his family. He also branched out and began a successful business as Accurate Dental Studio. Washington was at a turning point with dentistry and George helped lead the crusade in getting Denturism approved in this state. He would finish his working career a success and highly respected in his field.
George had "the gift of gab", a silver tongue. He was one hell of a storyteller! From the time he was injured he would live life to its fullest. He loved to tell stories about his many hobbies and interests. Whatever interested him he immersed himself in and dragged the family along for the adventures! Some of his passions were The Civil War Club, boating in the waters of the Pacific North West. Hawking with his beloved Hawk, Hester and his dog Pepper by his side. He was a member of the Northwest horse club and loved riding his horses, Dan and Rowdy in the Northwest Wilderness. He golfed, built and flew remote control planes at the Bellaire Flyers club. In his retirement, he turned his craftsmanship of working with his hands to engraving scrimshaw and building model train sets in the garage of the home. He also loved to take his bride to Hawaii in the winter and enjoy many long walks on the beach.
George passed on January 15th, 2019 and is survived by his wife, Sheila of 61 years, his brother, Robert, his two children, Barry and Kimm, his four grandchildren, Tiffany, Justina, Chelsea, and Trent and two great grandchildren, Kaylee and Kelwyn.
Memorial service to be determined at a later time.