Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Elmer John Incheck Aug. 16, 1921 - Dec. 10, 2013 Former Mayor of Forest Hills, Charter Member of Lions Club

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Elmer John Incheck Aug. 16, 1921 - Dec. 10, 2013 Former Mayor of Forest Hills, Charter Member of Lions Club

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When it came to civic duty, Elmer John Incheck had a full schedule. He fixed furnaces and pipes, helped the blind as a member of the Lions Club, and served his community as mayor. And when those roles were fulfilled, roll out the band for some excellent ballroom dancing.

He operated Elmer J. Incheck Plumbing and Heating for 45 years in Forest Hills. He served as Forest Hills mayor for nearly three terms until 1995. And he was a Lions Club member, including a stint as district governor, who amassed 59 years of perfect attendance.

"He really was a dynamic personality," said Jerry Countouris, 59, of Forest Hills and co-owner of Drew's Family Restaurant in the borough, where Mr. Incheck held court on a regular basis. "He was a big man [at 6 feet 3 inches tall and 225 pounds] with big hands. And he was a plumber -- and boy, there isn't a job he wouldn't tackle.

"He was a champion of trying to make things right and doing it the right way," he said. "He worked hard, and as long as I knew him, he was about being honest, correct and truthful to the values he held."

Mr. Incheck, 92, of Salisbury, Md., formerly of Forest Hills, died Tuesday from pancreatic cancer with his family present, including his daughter, Donna Richardson, other family members and his "best buddy," the family schnauzer, Chloe.

The son of a steel mill machinist was born and raised in Rankin, graduating in 1941 from Rankin High School. Working in a local steel mill after graduation, he soon would meet Eleanor Chuba, a cashier at a local five-and-dime store. He took a piece of candy in front of her and began eating it, prompting her to claim it could cost her her job.

"If you get fired, I'll marry you," he said.

The relationship continued developing at ballroom dancing events in Kennywood Park dance pavilion.

Mr. Incheck joined the Army Air Forces in 1942, serving as an airplane mechanic with the Air Transport Command in Cuba and then in Puerto Rico. After his discharge in February 1945, he returned home to a job with a plumbing and heating contractor. …

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