Earskin Weeks, 83

Sunpapers truck driver and theater carpenter was a decorated World War II veteran

November 14, 2006

Earskin Weeks, a retired Sunpapers truck driver and Morris A. Mechanic Theatre stage carpenter who was a decorated World War II veteran, died of a brain aneurysm Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Belair-Edison resident was 83.

Born in Radford, Va., he moved to Baltimore and worked briefly for a food distributor before enlisting in the Army during World War II. He fought at Leyte Gulf and in New Guinea in an elite group called the Alamo Scouts, a 6th Army Special Reconnaissance Unit. He received a Purple Heart for injuries to his back and neck.

"His unit worked at night in secrecy," said his son, Thomas G. Weeks of Kingsville. "They captured prisoners and brought them back on PT boats. The missions were classified and he was ordered not to talk about them. But they saved a lot of American lives."

After the war, he became a driver for the newspaper company, hauling copies of The Sun. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 355 and retired in 1986. He then became a master carpenter at the old Mechanic Theatre; he retired again in 1999. He belonged to Local 19 of the stagehands union.

He was a member of the Masons' Waverly Lodge and enjoyed vegetable gardening and following the Orioles.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cvach Rosedale Funeral Home, 1211 Chesaco Ave.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Lee Easton; two daughters, Betty Lee Ernst of Overlea and Laura Welkie of White Marsh; two brothers, Richard Bishop of Radford, Va., and Mark Bishop of Talladega, Ala.; three sisters, Zenith Lappa of Pittsburgh, Nancy Agee of Roanoke, Va., and Alma Hayhurst of Marietta, Ga.; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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