Richard M. Eckels, 91, of 148 South Third st. died at his home at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday following an illness of three days. A native of Coshocton county, he was born Feb. 9. 1869, a son of Richard and Mary (Nichols) Eckels. On Dec. 8, 1894, he married the former Louella Vance, who survives. He was a retired coal operator and spent most of his life in this vicinity, excepting only 14 years, when he resided in North Hollywood, Calif. A member of city council for 18 years, he also served for a time as street commissioner. He was a charter member of the old Dillon church and a former member of the Warner church. He was also a member of Militia Co. F., 17th Regiment, in his earlier years. Besides his widow, he is survived by three sons in California, Richard of San Francisco, Dent of Santa Susana and Harry of North Hollywood; a daughter. Mrs. Ralph Sharpies of Coshocton a sister, Mrs. Zella Treat of Detroit; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A son, three brothers and three sisters are deceased. Services at the Gibson and Bontrager funeral home will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in charge of Rev. William Bullock. Burial will be in South Lawn cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday until time of services.
Source: Coshocton Tribune; Nov 10, 1960 — Sub by FoFG]