In memory of
Lucius Elkanah "Lee" Eckles Jr.
September 28, 2012 Lucius Elkanah "Lee" Eckles, died Friday, September 28, at home with family by his side. Lee was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 21, 1936, to the late Dr. and Mrs. Lucius Eckles. Lee graduated from Shattuck Episcopal School in Faribault, MN. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated from Washburn University, where he led the men's tennis team to the Pan Am games. Lee was the member of the armed forces and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was employed by Barlow Johnson Advertising, Fayetteville, NY, where he held the position of vice president. Upon retirement Lee pursued his love of antique automobiles, the pride of the fleet being his restoration of a Syracuse-manufactured 1919 Franklin. Lee served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross and the Syracuse Chapter of Meals on Wheels. He was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church serving on the vestry, as a junior and senior warden. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce (Hensley) Eckles; three daughters, Lucia (Steve Shehadi, Skaneateles, NY), Amey (Cary Campbell, Brighton, MI), Adele (Kevin Coffman, St. Charles, MO); four grandchildren, Madison, Gabrielle, Abigail and Luke; his sister, Amey Eckles Dodge of Maine; six nieces; and three nephews; not to mention his beloved four-legged family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Lucius E. Eckles (father) and Mona Nugent Kvalnes (mother); a brother, Peter N. Eckles; stepfather, Dr. Donovan E. Kvalnes; and stepmother, Josephine Eckles. In celebration of Lee's life, a memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on October 13 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1308 Meadowbrook Drive., Syracuse, NY. The family will greet guests immediately following the service in the church fellowship room, where a light lunch will be provided. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Alban's Church or the local chapter of the SPCA. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.burnsgarfield.com
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