George Malcolm Ecker, 77 of Port Orange, died Wednesday, 14 March 2013. Known affectionately by loved ones as "Papa George", he was born 28 Aug. 1935 in Gloversville, NY to Frank and Katherine (Vanvalkenburg) Ecker. He earned his High School Diploma from Gloversville High School and was drafted into the United States Army in July 1954 where he was assigned to B Co. 293 rd Engineer Battalion (Construction). During his military service he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the German Occupational Medal, received a Suggestion Award Certificate and successfully completed the truck driver training course at Ft. Dix, NJ. Papa George was honorably discharged from military service in Aug. 1962 after serving 2 years active and 5 years reserve service. Papa George was an active member of the Elks Club of Daytona Beach and a founding member of the Volusia County Skeet and Trap Club. He was also a member of the Halifax Sport Fishing Club where he helped to build the current club house in Port Orange. Papa George loved to hunt, fish, camp out, spend time with family and generally enjoy life. A kind, loving husband and father, he was always willing to help a friend in need, He was loved beyond words and will be most remembered with a smile on his face and a Busch beer in hand. Survived by the love of his life and wife of 20 years, Phyllis (Otten) Ecker; brother Frank and wife Judy Ecker of Port Orange; sons Tim Ecker of St. Augustine, Michael Ecker and wife Joellen of Albany, NY, Charles Otten and wife Monica of Abilene, TX, Tony Beck and wife Peggy of Poughkeepise, NY; daughters Kelly Lawlor and husband Michael of Gloversville, NY, Lori Brown and husband Chris of Ponce Inlet, Katherine Jordan of Daytona Beach and Sandra Otten of Sanford, NC. Papa George is also survived by 25 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, several nieces and nephews and a beloved pet dog, Foxy Papa George's final wishes were cremation with disbursement to be determined at a later date by the family. There will be a Celebration of Life Event for family and friends at Northpark Club House at the Parkwood Mobile Home Park, S. Greenway Dr. on Tues. 19 March from 4-6pm.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 17, 2013