Ernie Eakin turns 96

Ernie F. Eakin, of South Williamsport, celebrated his 96th birthday on Aug. 26. A cookout is being planned for family and friends to celebrate.

Eakin enjoys reading about history and he loves music – having played eight different instruments at square dancing for senior citizens.

He and his wife, the late Marion Eakin, were married June 28, 1941 and celebrated 73 years of marriage together.

He is the father of a daughter, Kathy Steinbacher, of South Williamsport and a son, the late Jack Eakin. He also has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Eakin enlisted in the Army from 1944-45 and served in the Central European Campaign during World War II. He also was recognized for good conduct and recieved the the World War II Victory and Bronze Star medals.

He still lives in the ame house his father built 100 years ago, which also is where he was born. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and enjoys singing, especially the National Anthem at Wildwood Cemetery and at the Fourth of July festivities in Lewisburg. He is religious, friendly, loves his country, family and friends and always is smiling.