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John Michael Eckstein

John Michael Eckstein, 69 of Portsmouth, died Monday, January 22, 2024 at SOMC, surrounded by close family and friends.  He was born December 11, 1954 in Portsmouth, to the late Charles Eckstein and Ruth Kelso Eckstein of Portsmouth.

John was a self-employed welder, having owned Eckstein Welding for over 20 years.  He also worked at the A-plant as a welder and then in the Maintenance Planning department.

In addition to his mother, Ruth Eckstein of Portsmouth, John is survived by two children, Tiffany Whisman (Eric) of West Portsmouth, in which he spent a lot of time with over the last few years and Christopher Eckstein of Portsmouth, whom he loved very much, two brothers, David Eckstein (Mary Lou) of Palm Springs, CA, and Mike Eckstein of Orlando, FL.  He is also survived by two grandchildren whom he absolutely adored, Tanner Michael Eckstein-Cantrell, and Taryn Nicole Bussler with a great granddaughter on the way in which he was very excited about.

A visitation for friends and family will be on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Melcher Hammer Funeral Home in Portsmouth. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 27, 2024 at Melcher Hammer Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery


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