Zachary S. Eckert, 30, Indianapolis

Zachary S. Eckert, 30, of Indianapolis, formerly of Jasper, passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at home. 

Zach was born in Jasper, Indiana, on August 9, 1991, to Steven and Diane (Michel) Eckert.  

He was a 2010 graduate of Jasper High School. He then attended Indiana University and in December of 2020 received his Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. 

He currently worked for the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinED). Prior to working for the foundation, he served as a policy analyst for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus focusing on education policy, worked as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee, and for the Chairman of the Senate School Funding Subcommittee.  

Zach was on the Board of Directors for the Yeti Orphanage. 

Zach enjoyed hunting, golf, spending time outdoors, grilling and spending time with his friends, traveling, and was an avid sports fan, especially of I.U. basketball. 

He is survived by his mother, Diane (Brian) Jones of Velpen; his father, Steve (Tiffany) Eckert of Jasper; one brother, Ethan Eckert; stepsister, Dallas Jones; stepbrother, Mitchell Jones; his maternal grandmother, Doris Michel of Huntingburg; his paternal grandparents, Ed and Nancy Eckert of Jasper; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Preceding him in death are his maternal grandfather, Ralph Michel and one cousin, Emily Michel-Mayle 

A Memorial Mass for Zachary S. Eckert will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2021, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana.   

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Thursday.  

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial contributions may be made to Yeti Orphanage.  

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  1. I met Zach, last May, when my daughter and her husband purchased the house right next-door to him. I was there organizing, painting and getting everything ready for their move-in date. I had multiple opportunities to just stand and chat with Zach and enjoyed him very much. In a world where very few perform random acts of kindness these days… he did not fall into that category. He mowed the lawn for us several times and offered to do it until they got settled, if needed. I was pulling a lot of debris from our property and he have ours hauled away, when he had his done. He and I spoke off and on throughout the summer when I visited and I know that he developed an ongoing friendly relationship with my daughter and her husband., as well. They felt blessed to have such a good neighbor. We are all heartbroken and will miss him.

    Prayers for peace and comfort as you navigate these very difficult days of business and the upcoming year of “firsts”. ???

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Zach’s family and friends who share in the loss of such a fine young man. He will be missed.

  3. Diane I did not know Zach but his obituary was filled w so many accomplishments I found myself going back to check & double check his age Like his momma, Zack seemed to have your drive in improving the lives of many Prayers for fortitude in upcoming days, for peace in all the days going forward & for clarity in recalling the precious memories held in your heart Keeping you in prayers Very sad for your loss 🙁

  4. Sen Mike Bohacek:
    Zach is one of the smartest people I’ve ever known; his wit and intuition were second to none…
    I will miss our conversations. So very sorry for our loss he will be missed

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