DeKALB – Albert Q. Ebel II, 96, of DeKalb, Illinois, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb, after a short illness.
Born Jan. 3, 1918, the seventh child out of eight to Albert Q. and Jenny (Larson) Ebel of Algonquin, Albert married the love of his life, Elwanda Marie Pilcher on Aug. 29, 1942, at the Pastor's Parsonage of the Baptist Church in Kahoka, Missouri.
Albert is survived by his wife of 71 years, Elwanda; their three children – son, Albert Q. (Lindakay) Ebel III of Kingston and Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and children: Robert, Greg and Pamela – daughter, Dorene (Milan) Reimer of Leoiti, and children: Tanis, Duane, Janee', Justin and Kirk – daughter, Carla (Richard) Walter of Rockford, and sons: Richard Jr., Andrew and Scott; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Eunice Andres of McHenry; as well as many nieces, nephews and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and four brothers.
Albert attended first- through eighth-grade at Ford School in Algonquin (now being restored), and graduated from Dundee High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy
on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor, and was one of the seven out of 700 who went to Washington, D.C. for six months studying fire control for advance fire control. He graduated with high honors and with the rank of 3rd Class, and was then assigned to the USS IOWA BB 61 on Feb. 22, 1943, where he served his country, firing the first shell and 1999 shells until his transfer to the switchboard. He was discharged in August, 1945, at the end of World War II
Through the years, Albert farmed in the Fox River Grove and Marengo areas, and farmed with his son, Albert Q. Ebel III, in the Genoa area until his retirement in 2009.
Albert was very active on the school board of District 17, Executive Committee of Farm Home Administration, Master of Marengo Grange and McHenry County Pomona Grange and Executive Committee of Marengo Grange as well as served as secretary of the McHenry County Pomona Grange.
Albert also served as trustee and moderator at the First Baptist Church of Marengo, where he was a lifetime member; and served on the Advisory Board of Production Credit Association and Advisory of Federal Land Bank, and in 1984 he reorganized the Cook Creek drainage district.
Albert served as Commander of Marengo VFW
from 1978 to 1980 and served on the Executive Committee of the Marengo VFW. He also was a life member of Post 337 in Genoa.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Windridge Funeral Home, 104 High Road (just west of Route 14 and Main Street), Cary. Burial will be at Windridge Memorial Park, Cary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Veterans Assocation of the USS Iowa, 24307 Magic Mountain Parkway #342, Valencia, CA 91355, (please indicate that your donation is in memory of Albert Q. Ebel II) or to the American Heart Assocation.
For more information, visit www.WindridgeFuneralHome.com
or call the funeral home at 847-639-2191.