Major Dennis A. Necker, USAF (Ret.), 76, of Daniel Island, South Carolina, passed away Tuesday, August 31, after a brief and valiant battle with COVID-19. Due to underlying health conditions, despite being vaccinated and taking every possible precaution since the beginning of the pandemic, masks, avoiding gatherings and not going into restaurants, etc, he was infected with the disease most probably from someone unvaccinated. Another's carelessness cost him his life and left his family without their beloved husband and father. The family urges everyone who is not vaccinated to acknowledge they are endangering the lives of others and asks them in the strongest possible terms to get vaccinated and help us end this pandemic so others will not experience such a preventable and unnecessary loss.
Dennis was born on April 25, 1945 in Allentown, PA. He joined the US Air Force after graduating from NC State and proudly served for 20 years, retiring at the distinguished rank of Major. Not one to sit idly, he was a lifelong keen golfer and after moving to Daniel Island, SC, enjoyed the play and comradery with his Charleston National friends.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Stella Necker; children, Chale' Inman (Jeremy), Charlotte Tueckmantel (Frank), Dana Brigham (Matthew), and Stephen Harvey (Beatrice Fu); sister-in-law, Pauline Necker; his nieces, Debbi Thompson and Devon Pace; four grandchildren and six great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Edward Necker; mother, Frances Necker; brother, David Necker; and nephew, Douglas Necker. He was an adoring husband, father, father-in-law and uncle, and a fiercely loyal friend. His presence was a constant joy, his generosity knew no bounds. His death leaves a profound emptiness.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Charleston National Golf Club, Tuesday October 12th, at 4:30 PM. Inurnment will be held with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.
The family wishes to thank his care team at MUSC Ashley River Tower ICU and all healthcare workers for their tireless efforts to provide care and service during this pandemic and always.
People wishing to honor Dennis's life and commitment to this country can please get vaccinated against COVID-19. Memorials may be made in his name to Trident Literacy Association by visiting www.tridentlit.org