From 1966-1970 he served in the U.S. Air Force. Retired from General Motors in 1996. He is a member of the of the Nazarene, where he serves on the church board, facilitates an adult class, and operates the sound board, among other positions. He enjoys working outside, camping, reading, trap, skeet, and sporting clays. He is married to June Burton. They each have three children and together they have twenty grand children.
Ernest “Ernie” Eckerdt was born in Flint Michigan, and attended Flint Technical High School. Ernie has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 53 years. Together they have two children.
Ernie states that he cannot work around the house, like he used to, and views volunteering with the Mundy Volunteer program as a way to get out of the house and views it as therapy. After taking the Citizens Police Academy course, he states, "I (got to) meet Gary Burton and enjoy working with him. I enjoy it very much." He has been part of the MVP program since 2004.