Roy Ecklund (September 11, 1934 - May 23, 2014)

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Roy Ecklund passed away unexpectedly on May 23, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska, surrounded by his loving wife, Lita, and children, Cathy, Pamela, Judy, Lydia and Donna; and two son-in-laws, Bret and Chris.

Roy was born in Port Angeles on September 11, 1934, to Leonard and Helen (Simmons) Ecklund.

He attended Port Angeles schools and then Bremerton Community College for two years. He served in the U.S. Army's special service branch in Korea and then received an honorable discharge in 1961.

He was married to Shirley Coker from 1957 to 1962. They had three daughters.

He moved to Alaska and lived in Sitka, Ketchikan and Anchorage, working in the surveying business.

Roy met Lita Lohse in 1965, and they were married March 27, 1966. He became a stepfather to Douglas, Lydia, Donna and Renee.

Roy received his registered surveying license in Anchorage in 1967 and owned his own company, Ecklund Surveying, until he retired in 2000. He was well-known not just in Kodiak but in the state of Alaska.

His retirement was a busy one, from just relaxing to hiking to taking friends and family out fishing on their trips to Kodiak.

Sometimes when asked where he caught "that fish," he would say, "In the corner of the mouth." He was an active outdoorsman.

He was a somewhat private man and was always willing to help anyone when needed.

Roy belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, National Rifle Association, Elks and Pioneers of Alaska.

He won the Alaska state trap shooting competition in 1986 as well as the Western Division trap shooting competition.

He was a loving husband and father and well-respected by his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Roy is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Shirley Olsen, and brother-in-law Ron Olsen.

Roy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lita; three daughters, Cathy (Steve) Thanem of Port Angeles, Pamela (Mike) Walters of Moses Lake, Washington, and Judy (Bret) Wiggins of Seattle, Washington; four stepchildren, Douglas Lohse of Portland, Oregon, Lydia Lohse of Homer, Alaska, Donna (Chris) Cawley of Centralia, Washington, and Renee Vail of Marysville, Washington; and his only nephew and niece, Jim Olsen of Woodinville, Washington, and Debbie Olsen of Bremerton, Washington.

He leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren who will remember his sense of humor and his caring ways, and they all have a fish story.

Roy was cremated. A memorial celebration of life will be at the grange at 1942 Black Diamond Road in Port Angeles from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. A potluck reception will follow. Please bring your favorite dish. Please phone Cathy at 360-452-6527 with any questions.

Condolences may be sent to the Roy Ecklund family at P.O. Box 194, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Kodiak ( or a .
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 13, 2014
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