|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1932|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 2005|
SSGT US AIR FORCE
PORTLAND - Richard Parker Ek, 72, devoted husband, father and grandfather died peacefully Mar. 12, 2005 in the home that he was raised in and where his daughter now lives, surrounded by his loving family due to complications from a ruptured aneurysm.
He was born Oct. 24, 1932 in Portland, a son of Arthur and Frances (Parker) Ek. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Deering High School with the Class of 1951.
Mr. Ek served in the US Air Force in Germany for five years where he developed a love for Europe and the German culture that he passed along to his family.
While attending SMVTI, he met and married the love of his life Sheila Fuhrmann on Mar. 14, 1959. He graduated from SMVTI as a machinist and later after attending Newman Prep School in Boston he became a First Class tool and die maker. He worked as a tool and die maker in several businesses in the area before taking over the family business of Adde & Company.
Mr. Ek has been well known to the community as a devoted sports fan since the early 1970s, never missing any of his children's games even following his son from Portland High School to Kent's Hill School to Geneva College in PA. He attended many of the MCI games following players through college and even the NBA. At the last Celtics/Lakers game in Boston he was remembered by Caron Butler with a treasured autograph obtained by his son Tom. He has continued to support Deering and Portland High School teams of his grandchildren in recent years and especially enjoyed watching the Portland High School girls win the 2004 Softball Championship.
He devoted most of the last 10 years of his life caring for his family members, most of all for his beloved wife Sheila. The couple traveled extensively by car exploring the many winding roads of Maine. He was an avid camper and loved to sail and kayak with his family and friends. He held the greatest sense of adventure and made every moment exploring Maine very special. He was a member of the Benedict Arnold Society and hiked many of the Arnold trails in Canada and Maine.
He was a member of the Second Parish Presbyterian Church of Portland for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sheila (Fuhrmann) Ek of Portland; a daughter, Lynda Lee and her husband Robert Werner of Portland; a son, Dr. Thomas P. and his wife Wilma Ek of Scarborough; a sister, Elizabeth Johnson of Exeter, N.H.; a brother, Robert Ek of Brockton, Mass.; and five grandchildren, Scott, Emily, Amanda, James, and Adam. (Kennebec Journal 3/16/2005)
Sheila Elaine Fuhrman Ek (1940 - 2005)
Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Plot: SECTION E ROW 2 SITE 7
Maintained by: Becky Doan
Originally Created by: Bev Winship
Record added: Aug 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75327626