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Celebrating the life of

Richard D. Eckburg

December 26, 1931 - July 01, 2020

Richard D. Eckburg

 

Richard Dean Eckburg. December 26, 1931 - July 1 , 2020.

A 3O-year supporter of the Savannah community, Richard D. Eckburg, died suddenly at home, on July 1,2020. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy. ln addition, he leaves his daughters, Lisa Molina and Darice Dawson , of Arizona, and grandsons Jason Molina, of Arizona, and Brian Molina (Erin), with two great grandchildren, in Oregon.

Dick was born in Amboy, lllinois, joined the Army after high school, and served in the Korean War. This instilled a love for the military that stayed with him for his entire life, and is reflected in his admiration and love for the Army Rangers and Night Stalkers at Hunter Army Airfield. After his service in the Army, Dick joined United Parcel Service as a delivery driver in northern lllinois, and over the course of the next 32 years, worked his way up to Vice President in charge of Public Affairs. With UPS, he served positions in lllinois, Georgia, Florida and Connecticut.

After retirement, Dick and Judy were engaged in a wide variety of charitable and philanthropic endeavors, in their adopted home of Savannah. Organizations that have benefited from his leadership and generosity include:

The Salvation Army

The Bethesda Home for Boys

The Telfair Museum

Senior Citizens lncorporated

The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire Savannah Technical College

Greenbriar Children's Center

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

The Savannah Music Festival

St. Paul's CME Church and School

ln recognition of his many contributions, The Savannah College of Art and Design bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree on Dick in 2003. He was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored as a Community Star in 2007. He received the Savannah Tech Opportunity Award in 2008, and The Legends Award from Senior Citizens, lnc., Life Well Lived, in 2019.

Being an Honorary Member of 75th Ranger Regiment, in 2017, was especially dear to him. His friendships with Rangers and Night Stalkers has been a special experience in this life, making him say, "l have lived a great life and I appreciate everything. I feel so blessed."

ln lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Savannah Christian Preparatory School or Savannah Technical College.

Plans for a military memorial and celebration of life ceremony, are undetermined, and will be announced at a later date.

 
   
   

 
   

 

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Judy, we are so very sorry. He was such a generous man who lived life in the service of others. We will miss him. We won’t forget him.

- Kristan Brown, Fort Benning, GA


Judy, Kathryn and I are so sorry for your loss of Dick. Dick was larger than life and will be remembered for his love life and country. Dick has left his stamp on many people and the Chatham County community. You are in our prayers.

- Frank & Kathryn Murray, Savannah, Georgia


Judy, we are so sorry for your loss. Mr Eckburg did such incredible things for Savannah. His legacy is on buildings but more importantly it lives in those he mentored. He led by example teaching us to give back to the community. He certainly had that impact on our family. Godspeed.

- Rich Schooley, Savannah, GA


We are so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was a great and generous man and we won’t forget everything he did for us. We will miss him greatly.

- Doug and Lindsey Morton, Fairfax, Va


Mr Eckburg was kind, caring, generous and loving man. He was the epitome of what a real gentleman is. We are going to miss you. RIP sweet man.

- Linda Rodgers, Savannah, Ga


I will miss seeing him on his daily walks. Dick was a great neighbor.

- Phillip Lubbers, Savannah, GA


Mr Eckburg was a no nonsense kind of man and I loved that about him. I am so very sorry.

- Vanessa Burns, Savannah, Georgia


Judy and family, Along with all of Dick’s wonderful accomplishments, I know that his love of family and country are what drove him to do all he did. My condolences to you and your family. Warmly, Teri and Chip Grayson

- Teri Grayson, Savannah, GA


Judy I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dick was a wonderful person and a true positive contributor to our world. He will be missed.

- Connie Lovett, Cummng, Georgia


I had the great honor of working alongside Mr. Eckburg while I was employed at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Truly, Mr. Eckberg was the epitome of a gentleman. I am proud to say that I knew him. In addition to all he has done, and the many people he has helped, he had the biggest heart! My family is praying for his family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Susan Elliott

- Susan Anise Elliott, Savannah, GA


I met Dick for the first time last summer when I was dog sitting for his neighbors and he graciously helped me out. He was very kind and I will always remember him driving up on his golf cart to check on things. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and I am sending prayers of strength to his family.

- Amanda Wooten, Savannah, GA


Judy - we would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of Dick. He was a generous and caring man whose service to his nation and his local community set an example for all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

- Lee and Terri Rudacille, Fairfax, VA


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200

  • Services will be annouced at a later date