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Joseph Francis Ehrenbiet, Jr.
90, of Tippecanoe, passed away at Aultman Hospital in Canton on Friday, March 14, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Born Dec. 11, 1923 in Cleveland, he was a son of the late Joseph Francis Ehrenbiet and Ann Irene (Savage) Ehrenbiet-Willis.
A resident of the Tippecanoe area since 1979, Joe had previously been a resident of Cleveland throughout his life. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, having served with many different Army units in Europe and Africa. He earned two bronze stars for his service. Joe was a Captain with the City of Cleveland Fire Department on a snorkel truck for many years until his retirement on Jan. 30, 1981. In his youth, Joe developed a love of farming which he returned to in his retirement in Harrison County. He spent many happy hours on his farm, riding on his tractor and when he couldn't be outside, he enjoyed keeping in touch with family on the computer. He was a member of American Legion Post #34 in Cadiz. Locally, Joe attended Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison, and he was a longtime member of St. Monica's Catholic Church in Garfield.
On Aug. 11, 1945 in Manchester, England, Joe married the former Elsie Nickson with whom he enjoyed over 66 years of marriage until her passing on Dec. 22, 2011. They are survived by two daughters, Mrs. Rom (Susan) Muszynski of Tippecanoe and Mrs. Daniel (Sandra) Benewiat of Hiram; grandchildren, Eva Marie Shafer and her companion, Domonik, Mrs. John (Sheryl) Forest and Michael A. Kondelik and his wife, Erin; great-grandchildren, Aaron and Nicholas Shafer, Kristen and Stephen Forest, and Jordan and Lucas Kondelik; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Paul Ehrenbiet; a half-brother, David Willis; and his stepfather, Clyde Willis.
According to Joe's wishes, he has been cremated without a public visitation or service. He will be interred beside his beloved wife in Feed Spring Cemetery. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to American Legion Post #34, 336 E. Spring St., Cadiz, OH 43907 and the
, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in lieu of flowers.
R. K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc. - Dennison
26 Grant St. Dennison, OH 44621
Published in The Times Reporter on Mar. 16, 2014