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Hoebeke still the picture of a Marine

Steven Hoebeke and granddaughters, from left, Bethany, Chloe and Emilee Phillips spend family time together Friday at a Veterans Day program at Baconton Community Charter School. Hoebeke, who retired from the Marines after 23 1/2 years and worked another 18 1/2 years at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany in civil service, wore his uniform to the celebration.

Steven Hoebeke and granddaughters, from left, Bethany, Chloe and Emilee Phillips spend family time together Friday at a Veterans Day program at Baconton Community Charter School. Hoebeke, who retired from the Marines after 23 1/2 years and worked another 18 1/2 years at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany in civil service, wore his uniform to the celebration.

BACONTON, Ga. — Steve Hoebeke retired from active service as a U.S. Marine nearly two decades ago, but the dress blues still fit. Hoebeke, pictured with three of his granddaughters — Bethany, Emilee and Chloe Phillips (granddaughter Kate was camera shy), attended Friday’s Veterans Day program at Baconton Community Charter School, which his granddaughters attend.

Hoebeke spent just under 23 1/2 years in the Corps before taking a civil service job at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, where he is a system analyst, 18 1/2 years ago. A native Alliance, Ohio, he enlisted in the Marines in 1968 and retired in 1991.

Baconton Charter’s program was planned to honor military veterans Friday.