BMC Ellis R. ”Pete” Eckley, USN, Ret., 67, of Virginia Beach died on January 24, 2002 in his home.
Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Viola Eckley. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and served during Vietnam. He also retired from Norshipco as a rigger and as a gunsmith with Bob’s Gun Shop.
Mr. Eckley was a member of the George W. Wright Masonic Lodge #346, was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite, the V.F.W. #4809 where he was a past post and district commander. He was also a past seamsquirrel M.O.C. and past 4th supreme district council member in the M.O.C.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eleanor Sue Eckley; six children, Richard Eckley of Norfolk, Cheryl Stevenson of Virginia Beach, Pam Case of Norfolk, David Eckley of Virginia Beach, Princess Hepner of Chesapeake and Thomas Eckley of Norfolk; five sisters and one brother, Lois Gieremanski, Florence Augustin, Twilla Janiel and Charlotte Johns, all of New Castle, Pennsylvania and Charles Eckley of Youngstown, Ohio and Effie Cortez of Davis, Florida; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A funeral service will be held in Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel, on Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 12:00pm. Burial with full military honors will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
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