John McCurdy Eakin

Born: Sat., Sep. 13, 1924
Died: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Gathering of Family & Friends

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Tue., Nov. 28, 2017
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

12:30 PM Tue., Nov. 28, 2017
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church


1:30 PM Tue., Nov. 28, 2017
Location: Mechanicsburg Cemetery


2:15 PM Tue., Nov. 28, 2017
Location: Snapper's Bar & Grill

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John McCurdy Eakin

John McCurdy Eakin, age 93, of Mechanicsburg, passed away at Carlisle Regional Medical Center on Monday, November 20, 2017.  John was born on Saturday, September 13, 1924 in Harrisville to the late Alvin Isaac Eakin and Lily (McCurdy) Eakin.  In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his three brothers and a sister.

John’s survivors include his son, J. Michael Eakin and his wife, Heidi; his two daughters: Kathleen Eakin and her husband, Jeffrey Smith, and Marilyn Chamberlin and her husband Rodney; his four grandchildren: Michael Patrick Eakin, Zachary John Eakin, Elizabeth Smith, and Chase Carter; his two great grandchildren: Clark John Eakin and Nora Lillian Eakin; his two sisters: Joyce Gooding, and Carol Bubb and her husband, Fred; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

John served as a Captain in the Field Artillery corps of the active Marine Corps and the Reserves for 19 years.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge 302, serving as Worshipful Master in 1963.  He joined the Mechanicsburg Judo Club at age 59, and later won several National Tournaments.  He enjoyed helping youngsters learn the basics of the sport.

John enjoyed crosswords and other puzzles, and a happy hour glass of chardonnay.  He stopped smoking cigars thirty years ago, but said he didn’t “quit”, because if you quit, you must lecture people about smoking; he just hadn’t had one in thirty years.

After flirtations with the mandolin and ocarina, John found happiness with his baritone horn, taking weekly lessons and playing with the Bell Band.  If he learned it was your birthday, you might get an anonymous horn rendition of Happy Birthday over the phone.

John loved fishing.  He took his grandsons fishing for carp in the Conodoguinet, and salmon at the cabin he owned on the Kenai Peninsula.  He fished from Cuba to Quebec, Baja to Boston, from Key West to the Aleutian Islands.  On his last 4-day Alaskan fly-in trip, a month short of turning 91, he out-fished the whole camp, catching the most fish every day and the biggest fish every day – when the other fisherman suggested he go easier on them, he told them he was just giving them lessons.

John opened his law office in 1951, one of three members of his high school class to do so.  He practiced on the town square for 66 years until his retirement earlier this year; his practice was largely “whatever came in the door”, and his clients were as eclectic as their cases.  He was the first and longtime counsel for DAFCU and Members 1st Federal Credit Union.  His pro bono work was substantial before the notion of pro bono became fashionable, though he never mentioned it nor sought recognition for it.

John served as President of the Cumberland County Bar Association in 1978.  He always took great pride in the local Bar, as its members were invariably honest, competent, and amiable.  He enjoyed nothing more than a good argument with a good lawyer on the other side.  We hope enough other lawyers have made it to Heaven so the discussions can continue.

All are welcome to join John’s family at his gathering of family and friends on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 203 South Filbert Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend Hoshik Kang and Reverend Kevin E. Hughes officiating.  Burial will follow in Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  John’s family invites friends to join them for a time of food and fellowship at Snapper’s immediately following the burial.

Contributions in celebration of John’s life can be made to the charity of the donor’s choosing.  John’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read John’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, and sign his official guest book at

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Kenneth & Virginia Brenneman
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
John was a great man and my husband and I will sorely miss him.

Diane Deily Wert
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
Mike, Kathy and Marilyn, my deepest sympathy to you and your families upon your dad's passing. We go way back as families and friends on the hill in Shepherdstown. John helped our family during the passing of Dad and then Mom. I will never forget how thorough he was and I did very little because he handled the estate like the pro that he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I pray that God will surround each of you with His Peace and Compassion. God Bless.

Bob & Pat Regan
   Posted Sun November 26, 2017
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Eakin Family. John has been our valued counselor since 1964. He was a true professional in the office and full of the devil out of it. He and Mike guided me through many serious issues while I was the Chairman of Members 1st. We were very pleased to join him in a glass of the spirits now and then. We will truly miss our good friend. RIP John.

Patricia (Harling) Lemke
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
John was a trusted friend and lawyer to our Dad, George Harling, who also passed away this year.
Remembering him as a lover of travel, Chardonnay, and the mainstay of downtown Mechanicsburg at Market and Main Streets as long as I can remember!
Sincere sympathy to John’s family and friends on behalf of my brother, Mike Harling, sister Karen Clutter, and myself.
Pat Harling Lemke

Michele Eakin Smith
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
I remember Uncle John as a generous man with a quiet strength and funny, dry wit. His home was always open to us "Arkansas Eakins" on the occasions we were able to make it to Mechanicsburg for visits over the years. I loved hearing him practice playing the baritone horn, showing us his newest Judo moves, and his genuine interest in what we were doing in our lives. My prayers are with Mike, Kathy, Marilyn and their families; also with Aunt Carol and Aunt Joyce and their families. May God bless all of you with memories of happy times spent with John.

Jim Richwine
   Posted Tue November 28, 2017
Our sympathies to the Eakin family. I have memories of John and my dad, Bob. playing chess in our living room. He was a close confidant of dad's and a good friend of the family. John and dad visited me a couple times when I was a student at F&M; I remember him questioning me on combinations and permutations; an intelligent man with a sense of humor. May God comfort you as you mourn his passing.

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