SALEM, Ohio – Robert “Rebel” Walter Echard, age 69, of Salem, died at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Salem Regional Medical Center.
He was born November 20, 1947 in Riverside, California, the son of the late Walter Harry and Maxine Fernella (Vollnogle) Echard.
Robert was a machinist and retired from the former Deming Company and previously worked for the former NRM.
He was a member of the Believers Christian Church and Salem AmVets Post #45.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Kay (Yarwood) Smith Echard, whom he married December 2, 2012; a son, Mike Smith of Columbiana; a daughter, Amy Reynolds of Salem; a brother, David (Barbara) Echard of Leetonia and four grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Ginger Echard and a brother, Jack Echard.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Believers Christian Church with Pastor Todd Wilhelm officiating.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the service at the church from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Following the memorial service, military honors will be provided by the Salem Honor Guard at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, November 21 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.