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Sidney Ben Eckstein Jr.


1930 - 2014
Sidney Ben Eckstein Jr. Obituary
Sid Eckstein Jr., age 84, a retired helicopter flight instructor with the Army National Guard in Grand Prairie, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Moore & Sons Funeral Home on Bowen Rd. in Arlington. Burial: 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Moore & Sons Funeral Home on Bowen Rd. in Arlington. Memorials: in lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, 5011 W. Pleasant Rd., Arlington, Texas 76016. Sid was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Fairview, Ohio. He moved with his parents and two brothers to Fort Worth in 1941. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth and later received his bachelor of science degree. Sid met the love of his life, Sue, several years later on a blind date. They were married six months later. Sid served his country on active duty during the Soviet buildup in Europe (Berlin Crisis) during the fall of 1961. He received his Army Aviation wings from Fort Rucker, Ala., in March 1966, as a chief warrant officer. He continued his flying career with the Army National Guard and became a full-time Civil Service flight instructor in 1971. He served in that capacity until his retirement in September 1990. After retirement, he spent several years as a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker in Arlington. Sid was an avid reader, collector and researcher of family genealogy. His granddaughter often remarked how many books he had on his office shelves. He had a passion for historical subjects attending TCJC Senior program every chance he could, studying American history. Sid and Sue enjoyed traveling. They spent many days on the road in their RV and especially enjoyed their cruise around the Hawaiian Islands and 10 days touring Europe. After maintaining a home on the East Side of Fort Worth, they moved to Arlington in 1995. Sid was a member of the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church before moving to Arlington where he became a member of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church. Sid was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Sue Sears Eckstein; parents, Sidney Eckstein and Florence Amanda Wilmott; brothers, Harold Eckstein and U.S. Air Force Capt. Melvin Eckstein; and sisters, Marjory LaLonde and Dorthy Rhoades. Survivors: Daughter, Karen Ann and son-in-law, Larry Murphy; daughter, Kellie Lynn and son-in-law, Steve Camber; son, Kerry Wayne Eckstein and wife, Robin; five grandchildren, Josh and Taylor Eckstein, Eddie Alexander, Alyson and Natalie Camber; five great-grandchildren, Edgar, Reagan and Jackson Alexander, and Toby and Ansel Eckstein.
Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 26, 2014
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