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Eric W. Hooker, Civilian Contractor, Died April 21, Iraq

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 28, 2010

It was unclear Tuesday how Hooker died. Messages left with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service public affairs office were not returned, and calls to Hooker’s Drums home went unanswered. Here

Eric W. Hooker, 41, of Clear Springs Circle, Drums, passed away April 21 in Iraq while serving as a civilian contractor with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

Eric returned to the United States from Iraq at Dover Air Force Base. He became the first civilian to be granted a dignified transfer ceremony under a new policy from the Department of Defense.

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 27, 1968, he was the son of the late William E. and Doreen (Maude) Hooker and resided in Drums for the past six years after moving from Hanover.

While serving in Iraq, he was employed as a loss prevention manager for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Although not currently on active duty, Eric was an Army veteran, and was also a member of the American Legion.

Eric was a member of Hazle Azalea Fellowship Lodge No. 327 of the Masons. He was a member of the Shriners and was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Eric was a loving husband and father, who enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Surviving are his loving wife of the past 18 years, the former Stacey Lynn Easten; and a daughter, Paige Leigh Hooker, at home.

A celebration of life memorial gathering to share memories and stories will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Beech Mountain Lakes Community Clubhouse, Beech Mountain, Route 309. There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Eric W. Hooker Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o KNBT Bank, 24 S. Hunter Highway, Route 309, Drums, PA 18222.

Harman Funeral Homes and Crematory Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Condolences may be e-mailed from and more information is available at www .harmanfuneral.com.

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