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Ralph Grossnickle Ecker, 76

September 03, 2009

MARCH 2, 1933-SEPT. 1, 2009

BOYDS, Md. - Ralph Grossnickle Ecker, 76, of Boyds, Md., went to be with his Lord Tuesday Sept. 1, 2009, from the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md.

Born March 2, 1933, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Owen E. and Eva (Grossnickle) Ecker.

He graduated from Frederick High School in 1951.

He attended Bowman Technical Institute in Lancaster, Pa., and Washington Bible College.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He was owner and operator of Ecker's Clock & Watch Shop of Bethesda, Md., until July 2000.

He was an active serving member of Berea Bible Church of Clarksburg, Md., holding many positions over the years and was pastor of a small country church in Frederick County for many years. He was a founding member of the Horological Association of Maryland serving as president, vice president and director, member of the American Watch Makers-Clock Makers Institution and member of the British Horological Association.

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His passions included amateur radio operator (HAM) and model airplanes, and he was a private licensed pilot.

He was the beloved husband of Carolyn Kline Ecker for 37 years. They were married Oct. 16, 1971.

He is also survived by sisters, Patsy Fogle and husband Charles of Frederick, and Helen Craig and husband Stanley of Hagerstown; beloved mother-in-law, Ruth N. Kline of Hagerstown; brother-in-law, Eugene Kline Sr. and wife Jane of Smithsburg; sister-in-law, Dorothy Kline of Williamsport; and several special nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at 2 p.m. from the J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, with Pastor John Cobb officiating. Burial will be in St. Mark's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Wolfsville, Md. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Ralph to the Montgomery County Stroke Association, P.O. Box 9343, Silver Spring, MD 20916-9343.

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