Peterson Funeral Chapel

     Richard Dewayne Eckard, 87, of Aurora passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.

     He was born to Cecil and Nellie Rogers Eckard on April 18, 1928 in Independence, MO.  He was a retired route salesman fro Dr. Pepper Bottling Co.

     Survivors include 2 sons, Rodney Eckard of Aurora and Mike Eckard of Mt. Vernon; 2 daughters, Luann Parks of Aurora and Joy LeBlanc of Tyler, TX.; 1 sister, Maggie Neogle of Des Moines, IA.; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie; 1 son, Richard F. Eckard and a sister, LaDonna.

     Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora.  Burial will be in Maple Park Cemetery.