BMC Ellis ”Pete” R. Eckley, USN, Ret.

June 10, 1934 - January 24, 2002

06/10/1934 - 01/24/2002

Past Services

Saturday January 26, 2002
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502
461-4054 Ext.10 | Directions
Saturday January 26, 2002
12:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions


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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8 years ago

Hi daddy,

Well be now you have seen mom. We did the best we could to make her happy. But now you will make her the happiest. Please watch over us things are too challenging right now. We love you and miss you terribly.

David and Glenda Eckley
8 years ago

I am my father’s son.

Sally Potts Legg
8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Richard and Cheryl, but have not been in touch with them since graduation 1974. I hope they are doing well. My prayers are with your family in your time of sorrow.

Alvertie E dwards
8 years ago

I Love you

Sis Bert

Princess Hepner
8 years ago

I love you DAD !!!

Ann Marie
8 years ago

I love you grandpa and i will miss you.

Randall Stevenson Randy J
8 years ago

I Love you Papa

8 years ago

I will miss you forever. Time may make the pain less but i will miss you forever. I love you.

I will remember the fishing trips the most.

I need you so much now more than ever. I will love you forever and a day

Jud and Lynn French
8 years ago

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at your time of sorrow.

Susie, Eric & Michael
8 years ago

Papa I miss you and love you!

Grandma, your the best! I love You!

M/M Melvin Allen and Daughters
8 years ago


You and your family are in our heart and prayers. We will always have fond memories of times in the past spent with you and Pete, some funnier than others.


Melvin,Gwendolyn,Dorothy and Stephanie Allen

8 years ago



J. Tracy Bradshaw
8 years ago

To My Brother in the Lord, “Pete” Eckley…May you rest in God’s Peace and with His Son Jesus Christ…I’ll see you soon. To Mr. Eckley’s family-May you know the God that Pete knows more than us all and know that in God’s prescence there is fullness of joy. I know that when we watch the football playoffs and watch Pittsburgh, we will remember Pete Eckley. Thank you for the opportunity to visit with you, may God richly bless you, keep you, make His face to shine on you and give you peace.

In Christ,


Terry and Ethna O'Haver and Family
8 years ago

We are extremely sorry to hear about Pete.

We will never forget him. We think of him frequently especially with Mary. He was so good to Mary.

He is in our prayers as are you Sue.

Terry, Ethna, Mary and Family.

Pam Case
8 years ago

We love you Daddy,Papa. We miss terribly. We are so happy to have an angel all our own.

connie stevenson
8 years ago

With love and sympathy and deepest condolences. We’ll miss you Papa.

Walt &Twila Janiel
8 years ago

You have our deepest sympathy. Sorry that we were not able to make it.