Thomas Eckenrode


Thomas Jerald Eckenrode, 79, of Waco, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014.

MEMORIAL VISITATION: 3-5 PM, Saturday, July 26th, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco

Thomas was born August 16, 1934 to Bruce and Eliza (Todd) Eckenrode in Richmond, IN. He would later wed Linda Lou (Arnett) on December 23, 1961, and together they raised two sons. Linda and Thomas were very happily married for 52 years, until her passing separated them earlier this year. Thomas was a devout Christian man, and a role model and mentor for many people. He was a selfless and thoughtful individual, someone who placed his family’s needs before his own. Thomas worked as a Salesman and Sales Executive for various companies in Waco. He loved participating in activities with his sons, and coached both children throughout their childhood in Baseball, Basketball and Football, always being active in their lives. Later, Thomas would be a grandfather to two boys, whom he also thought the world of.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Linda (Arnett) Eckenrode; and his parents.

He is survived by two sons, Mike Eckenrode and wife Melissa, and Steve Eckenrode and wife Vanessa; and two grandsons, Sean and Matthew.

Donations in memory of Thomas Eckenrode may be made to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.



Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Bobby & Tanya Pruitt

    Steve & family,
    We had the opportunity to meet a few months ago at your Mom & Dad’s house and I share with you how much he meant to me.

    I wanted you to know that I have so much respect for Tom and the mentor he was to me. He taught some of the most important lessons that have proven to be continuously be fruitful for me. Additionally, I often think of him when helping others understand those same lessons.

    I have so many stories about him and he made me laugh harder than I have laughed in my life.

    I will miss him as I am sure your family will as well.

    Bobby Pruitt

  2. Colleen Clabby Stoffregen

    Michael I am so sorry for your loss. I was sad to see that your mother had passed away not to long ago and now your father has passed as well. I was very fond or your parents and enjoyed the times we spent together. I also lost my parents close together and I know how difficult it is. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Colleen Clabby Stoffregen

  3. I had the honor of working with Tom at Brazos Higher Education and he was such a gem of a gentleman. Always so pleasant. We really enjoyed him. I lost my Dad in April, so I sympathize with your family. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,

  4. I had the honor of working with Tom at Brazos Higher Education for several years. He was a gem of a gentleman and was always so pleasant. I just lost my Dad in April, so I completely sympathize with you all. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    God bless,

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