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Retired Lt. Col. Eckener “Eck” Pandzic, 81, of Johnson City, passed away on August 23, 2009, at the Johnson City Medical Center. Born in Wheelwright, KY, he was the son of the late John and Mary Ciprigausvich Pandzic.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Mr. Pandzic was a graduate of ETSU and Chaminade University in Hawaii.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army Special Forces. He was a double Purple Heart recipient having been wounded in Korea and Vietnam. Mr. Pandzic also served in Japan, Iran and Hawaii. He was the starting founder of R.O.T.C. at Elizabethton High School. Mr. Pandzic was a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Special Forces Association Chapter XXXIII.
He was a real estate broker for thirty-four years and was past-president of Johnson City Board of Realtors. He also worked for Citi Group for thirteen years.
Known as the most loving husband, he always let Doris know how much she meant to him. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren while boating at the lake.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Edward Pandzic and sister, Catherine P. Marino.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Pandzic of Johnson City; three daughters, Amy Singleton, Kristy Hoilman and husband Junior and Cathy Cowart and husband Jim; sister-in-law, Jean Birchfield and husband Wayne; brothers-in-law, David Campbell and wife Gail and Curtis Grindstaff and wife Jean; grandchildren, Angela and Erica Cowart, Zachary Singleton, Canaan Singleton and Beth Hoilman; special nieces and nephews, Brandon Grindstaff and fiancée’ Lauren, Kara Street, Steve Gordon, Tabitha and Caitlin Campbell.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Tetrick Funeral Services with Father Akata officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM prior to the service. A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:00 to go in procession to the cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Boone Dam Post #4933.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com
or faxed to (423) 610-7177.
Arrangements for the Pandzic family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN 37604. (423) 610-7171.