Elton James Ebel, age 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, April 21, 2012, at Arbor Convalescent Hospital in Lodi. Elton, the son of Conrad and Agnes Ebel, was born on July 30, 1918, in Shafter, California. Growing up on a farm, he attended SDA Elementary and Kern Academy. In 1940, at age 22, he moved to the Los Angeles area and began work as an apprentice in the hardwood floor trade. In 1944, Elton was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. During his service, he spent time in Italy and Austria under combat conditions. Upon his return from the service, he moved to Visalia, CA and began his own flooring business. In 1948, he returned to Southern California during it's housing boom where he grew his business for another 10 years. Elton moved to Lodi in 1959 and continued in the flooring trade. In 1963, he married Ruth in the home that they shared for 48 years. He believed in an honest day's work. Elton took great pride in restoring old hardwood floors to new life. He was a member of the Carpenters Union, American Legion, NRA, and he was affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Elton is survived by his wife, Ruth Ebel; daughters: Frances (Jeff) Lebow of Huntington Beach, Barbara (Skip) Plummer of Visalia; son: Craig (Lori) Lewis of Lodi; 7 grandchildren: Randy Landfair of Nevada, Craig (Martha) Landfair of Little Rock, Perry Bridges of New York, Kurt Akman of Marina Del Rey, Jeremy Sterling of Seattle, Joshua Lewis of Stockton, and Byron Lewis of Lodi; two nephews: Larry Epp and Donald Epp of Bakersfield; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Raymond, daughter, Donna, granddaughter, Cheryle, and great granddaughter, Nomita. Friends are invited to visit on Sunday, April 29, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Lodi Funeral Home. A graveside service will take place on Monday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at Cherokee Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 26 to May 3, 2012