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Milton Lee Eckstein, grocery manager

Milton Lee Eckstein Jr., a retired grocery store manager and fast-pitch softball player, died of complications from cancer Saturday at his Inwood, W.Va., home. He was 84 and had lived in Joppa.

Born in Rosedale, he attended Kenwood High School. He worked at A&P grocery stores for 27 years, including one on Sinclair Lane, where he was manager. He later became head of maintenance for Maryland General Hospital. He also owned a business, E&M Home Improvement.

In 1984, he was inducted into the Maryland Fastpitch Hall of Fame. He was a pitcher for Johnny's Used Cars, the Martin Bombers and Buck Fowler's Tavern in Overlea.

Mr. Eckstein was also a carpenter who made rocking horses, toy trains and cradles for his great-granddaughters, family members said.

He enjoyed surf fishing and spent time at Indian River Inlet in Delaware. He also fished offshore in the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.

After retiring to West Virginia, he built bird feeders, birdhouses and deer feeders. He spent hours on a deck watching the deer and updating his list of birds, family members said.

A life celebration will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Inwood Family Worship Center, 28 Lafayette Lane in Inwood.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, the former Patricia Jones; three sons, Ron Eckstein of Bel Air, Wayne Eckstein of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jamie Eckstein of Kingsville; a daughter, Amy Branham of Bel Air; a brother, Larry Eckstein of Whiteford; two sisters, Wilma Marks of Rosedale and Darolene Dedering of Longwood, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

An earlier version of this obituary incorrectly identified Mr. Eckstein's wife. The Sun regrets the error.

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