Ekstrom, Robert E. LATHAM Robert E. Ekstrom, 85, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany with his family at his side. Born in Chicago, Ill., Robert was the son of the late Emil A. and Leona May Brady Ekstrom. At an early age he moved, with his family, to Brooklyn, N.Y. and resided there for seven years before moving to Schenectady. Robert was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School, class of 1945. He served his country, during World War II, by enlisting in the US Navy and served in the Pacific Theater of operations aboard the destroyers USS Beatty and USS Dickson. Robert was honorably discharged in March of 1948 and was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal, The World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon. Following his military service, Robert resided in Boston and it was there that he and his wife, the former Nancy G. Bellabona, began their family. While residing in Boston, Robert attended Northeastern University Law School. He and his family moved to Latham in 1956. Robert was employed by the State of New York, in Albany, and retired in 1992 as director of insurance services for the Department of Motor Vehicles. He was a member of the Vasa Order of America in Schenectady, where he once served as Chaplain; the Latham Fire Department, S.W. Pitts Hose Company where he served as a volunteer firefighter in the 1960's and 1970's; and enjoyed volunteering as an usher at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady. Robert was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham where he had served as an usher for many years. He enjoyed attending annual reunions, around the country, with his ship-mates of the USS Beatty, small and big game hunting with his family and friends and spending time on his property in Gilboa, NY. Robert was the beloved husband of the late Nancy G. Ekstrom who died in 1987. He was the much loved father of Leona M. (late Lawrence) Murray, Robert E. (Judy) Ekstrom Jr. and Felix Christopher Ekstrom all of Latham; the cherished grandfather of Patrick J. (Diana) Murray, Lawrence J. (Connie) Murray, Craig R. (Kristin) Ekstrom and Kelley M. (Tim) Brennan; the adored great-grandfather of Hayden R., Jason P., Madison E. and Kelcy L. Murray, Jenna M. and Joel R. Ekstrom; the dear brother of Michelle (Barney) Ross of Washington State, the late Clyde Ekstrom, whose wife Eleanor of Colonie survives, the late Eugene Ekstrom and the late Jessie Brown. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham on Friday (today) from 4 until 7 p.m. Contributions, in memory of Robert E. Ekstrom, may be made to the
, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205. Please visit www.bowenandparkerbros.com for directions and condolence book.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Aug. 10, 2012