GEORGE ECKERT JR. George Martin Eckert, Jr., 94, of Henderson, passed away February 2, 2019. He was born August 17, 1924, in Chicago. A veteran of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving as a radioman in the South Pacific aboard the USS Chester, a heavy cruiser. In 1950, George graduated from the Walton School of Commerce in Chicago and received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He then worked as a real estate broker in Chicago and managed several office buildings in the downtown area. With his wife, Caroline, George moved to the Miami area in 1969. He became employed at the Hollywood Greyhound Track as Comptroller and Mutuel Manager, and was serving in the capacity of General Manager when he retired from the track in 1989. His life was one of service to his God, his family, his community and others. As a kind and generous man, his care and compassion touched appreciative people over the years. In addition to his wife, who passed away in 1992, he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Stoecker, who died in 1980; as well as his loving sister, Marie J. Parker of Durham, NC, who passed in January 2019. George is survived by a loving family including daughters, Kathleen Olley of Citrus Heights, CA, and Patricia Cook of Caldwell, ID; grandson, Richard Cook (Christie); great-grandchildren, Trevor and Taryn; step daughter, Jeanette Nichols (Joseph) of Vista, CA as well as their family; and his brother, Robert J. Eckert (Joni) of Plano, TX. Private services are pending with interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 10, 2019.