Elmer E. Ebel, 77, of Belleville, Ill., born Dec. 26, 1930, in Belleville, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Ebel was a retired Belleville police officer of 25 years. In 1983, he received the Officer of the Year award. Elmer was a former member of the Major Case Squad and a Crime Scene Technician. He also worked for the former Hoeffken Brothers as a safety coordinator. His last position was with the Illinois Department of Transportation at the Belleville shed as a highway maintainer. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ for 37 years. He was also a former member of the Turkey Hill Grange, and the Elks. Elmer served in the U.S. Army and also served in the Marine Corp in the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart. He was a life member of the following veteran organizations; the Disabled American Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion Freedom Farm Post 58. Elmer loved to fly and was part of the beginning of the Flying Dutchman in the 1950's.
Elmer's favorite holiday was Christmas. He loved family gatherings over the holidays. Some of the families best memories are the family get-togethers and the vacations on the beaches strolling along the ocean.
Mr. Ebel was preceded in death by his parents, Bernhard and Mabel, nee Haas, Ebel; three brothers, Robert Ebel, Bernhard Ebel II, and Wilbert Ebel; three sisters, Vernell Hangsleben, Shirley Lougeay, and Melba Wildy; two brothers-in-law, Carl Bohnenstiehl and Jean Lougeay; and two sisters-in-law, Nell Ebel and Delores Ebel.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Joann, nee Morrison, Large Ebel; son, Brad (Starr) Ebel; daughter, Christine Ebel; stepson, Jim Large Jr.; brother, Warren Ebel; sister, Alice Bohenstiehl; granddaughter, Kelsey Ebel; three step-granddaughters, Angela (Robbie) Landon, Amanda Large, and Kaylin Farmer; step-grandson, Jacob Farmer; step-great-granddaughter, Kristen Landon; brother-in-law, Jack Wildy; sister-in-law, Judy Ebel; nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved companion, his dog Rosie.
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
Memorials may be made to Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., with Rev. Larry Patton officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2008