Orville A. Ekanger, 81, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Delaware Veterans Home in Milford, Del. He was born in Edgeley, N.D., son of the late Ole Ekanger and Amelia (Sandness) Ekanger.
Ekanger retired from work for the U.S. Department of Defense as a telecommunications officer. He was a member of the Phoenix Society and served his country as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Ekanger; three sons, Russell A. Ekanger and his wife, Deborah, of Vienna, Va., Glenn D. Ekanger and his wife, Kristin, of Stafford, Va., and Stephen J. Ekanger and his wife, Gina, of New Market, Md.; seven grandchildren, Rachel A. Ekanger, Caelyn Reyher, Justin Lamb, Nicholas Ekanger, Taylor Ekanger, Lauren DeWitt and Lindsey Ekanger; and a great- grandchild.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Veterans Home; 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd.; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.