Captain John David Eckert, USN Retired

December 17, 1932 - September 29, 2014
Captain John David Eckert, USN Retired

Williamsburg ñ John D. Eckert 81 passed away on September 29, 2014. John was the son of Clayton J. F. Eckert and Belle Jaggers of Bridgeton, New Jersey. He graduated from high school in 1951 and attended Rider College, earning a B.S. in Business in 1955. Immediately following college, John went to Officer Candidate School and became a Naval Officer. His twenty six years of service included assignments to Lebanon, Vietnam, Japan, England, Italy, and multiple stateside locations. On his first London assignment, he met Veronica Canavan and they married on January 26, 1963. Johnís military career was spent at sea; beginning with the USS Skill.

Highlights include serving as the Executive Officer on the USS Miles C Fox, and the Commanding Officer of the USS Power and the USS Massey. John also attended the US Naval Postgraduate School (M.S. Management) and the U.S. Naval War College.

Decorations include Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Lebanon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam, Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Ribbon with Device, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Medal, First Class with Palm),and the Legion of Merit.

After his retirement from the Navy, John worked for Computer Sciences Corporation for seven years before fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning and restoring Milton Hall in Covington, Virginia. John was the Innkeeper at Milton Hall for ten years and then retired to Williamsburg, where he was an active member of the Chickahominy Ruritan.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Veronica Canavan, his daughters, Heather Eckert, and Fiona Eckert O’Brien, son-in-law, Charles O’Brien, and two grandchildren, Colin Patrick O’Brien and Molly Catherine O’Brien. Sister Joan Carpenter of Tennessee.

The Family will receive friends Saturday, October 11, 2:30 ñ 4:00pm at Bucktrout Funeral Home with a service to immediately follow.

A funeral service will be held in Arlington National Cemetery Fort Myers Chapel at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Air Museum in Britain or Wounded Warriors.


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  • October 21, 2014
    James Haaf says:
    I'm sorry I met John only once when his sister Joan brought him to visit me in Vermont. And I'm sorry for the family's loss. Cousin James

  • October 07, 2014
    Elaine Whiteley says:
    John will be greatly missed by the Ruritan's he was a lovely gentleman. My sincere condolences to all. Elaine