on January 22, 2014 - 10:02 PM
May 25, 1921 – Jan. 20, 2014
Oscar W. “Bill” Ekberg, of Cheektowaga, a retired supervisor for Westinghouse Electric, died Monday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Hutchinson-Central High School.
He served in the Navy during World War II and received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 13 stars.
Returning from service, he spent his entire career at Westinghouse, retiring in the early 1980s.
Mr. Ekberg was an active member of the Guadalcanal Campaign Veterans and was recognized as a Buffalo Ambassador after he was instrumental in bringing the organization’s annual reunion to the city.
He was a frequent American Red Cross blood donor and, in retirement, assisted as a volunteer at many blood drives.
He also served with his wife in many leadership posts with the Salvation Army. He played E-flat alto horn with the Salvation Army British Brass Band.
His wife of 63 years, Ruth H. Brown Ekberg, died in 2008.
Survivors include two sons, Dean W. and David A.; two daughters, Connie Barnes and Debra McCaffery; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.