Thanksgiving this year was a blessed time, family from Tennessee and the area around here gathered at the house of Eric Ecklund. The family had time to share, laugh and remember. On Saturday November 30th, Eric passed away knowing how he was loved and appreciated by his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed their love, hugs, kisses and secrets just for his heart.
Eric was born in Jamestown, New York on February 22, 1935 to Eric and Esther Ecklund, immigrants from Sweden. He enjoyed his childhood, spent most of his teenage years in competitive sailing. He served his country with four years in the Air Force. He was stationed at Cape Canaveral in Florida, living the dream.
After the Air Force, he returned to New York, became part of the Burroughs family. Later it was to become Unisys Corporation, he spent 40 years with the company, retiring as a project manager. This brought him back to Florida again in 1990. While settling into his office, a co-worker sent him on a blind date with a woman named Ina Forbes. After one date, they would spend 29 years together.
Eric was an avid model railroader, before and after retirement. He was known around the state for his "backyard railroad". Over the years he hosted school children, scouts, civil organizations and open houses for over 100 attendees at a time. He was known for his skills of building and running trains on the 1200 feet of rail in the backyard.
Eric brought to this union three children: Eric Ecklund, Jr., Jennifer Beasley (Jimmy) and Scott Ecklund.
Ina added five children to the mix: Cyndee Harding (Lynn), David Miller, Jared Miller, Candice Thompson (William) and Derrick Miller.
Over the years, fifteen grandchildren became a wonderful, loving addition.
He is preceded in death by his son, Eric Ecklund, Jr and a grandson, Jeffrey Miller.
In lieu of flowers, the family request a contribution made to Hospice House of Tallahassee, who took such amazing care of Eric and became a part of the family.
A life so beautiful deserves a special celebration. We hope you all will join us on Saturday December 14th from 3-5pm at 252 Bay Pine Drive in Crawfordville, Florida. "Come and look at the train"
Guidance and direction are under the care of Forbes Funeral and Cremation Services, 2758 Coastal Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida, 32327. 850-926-4407
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