MISSION – F. Louis Eckroat, 79, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at his home in Mission.
Mr. Eckroat married his wife, Peggy Ahrens, in 1958. He was a rancher and cleared land, and in 1965 went to work for the Texas Department of Health for 27 years as a meat inspector. He later developed a Christmas and Oak tree farm. He served on the Hidalgo County Irrigation District #6 board where he was vice-president.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Peggy Eckroat; children, James Eckroat of Mission, JoAnn Salazar of Nixon and Linda Krueger of Denison; sister, Rosann Pebley; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Sylvia Eckroat, and a brother, Kenneth Eckroat.
A funeral mass was held on Nov. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.