Ebben, Robert Herman "Bob"
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Robert Herman "Bob" Ebben, Age 85 of Appleton passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 5, 2013. He was born on September 2, 1927 in the Town of Van den Broeck to the late William and Gertrude (Linskens) Ebben. Bob married Gladys Mae Hooyman on August 12, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Appleton.
Bob drove school bus for 35 years for the Hortonville School System, drove tour buses for Nationwide Travelers for 15 years, was a Renk Corn Sales Representative for 42 years, and farmed all of his life. He loved being outdoors, farming the land, and reading to keep current with the new methods of farming, dairy cows, attending farm shows, new and antique tractors, machinery, and gardening. Bob especially enjoyed, polka music, his cats, going to the cabin in the woods, planting trees, and making fire wood.
Bob will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Gladys; their four children and 17 grandchildren; Jane (Steve) Becher, and their four children, Stephanie (Tom) Hill, Lindsey (Nathan) Davis, Dustin (Sarah) Becher and Kyle Becher, all of Rapid City, SD; Robert A. (Peggy) Ebben, New London, WI and their four children, Melissa (Jeremy) Somer, Kenosha, Rob Ebben, Kenosha, Jana Christian, New London, and Brian (Tori)Beyer, New London; Jean (Scott) Nelson, and their eight children, Ryan (Bonnie)Nelson, Matthew (Dawn) Nelson, Nicole Nelson, Benjamin Nelson, Sarah (Parker) Eidem, Samantha Nelson, Megan Nelson, and Andrew Nelson, all of Hamilton, MT; Joan (Mike "Wally") Ziegler, Hortonville, and their daughter, Heidi (Chris) Cykana, Tx; his 30 special great grandchildren he loved, enjoyed and was especially proud of.
Bob is further survived by a sister, Lucille (Roger) Combined Locks; two brothers, Don (Dorothy), Little Chute; Jim (Marilyn) Kaukauna; sister-in-law, Betty, Appleton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Martin Ebben; nephew, Randy Ebben; father and mother-in-law, Al and Alice Hooyman; and two brothers-in-law, Jim Hooyman and Lyle Austreng.
Funeral Mass will be 11:30 AM on Friday May 10, 2013 at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1617 W. Pine St Appleton, with Fr. Dennis Ryan officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday beginning at 9:30 AM until the hour of service.
Bob had a special love for his family and was exceptionally proud of all of them. Heaven is lucky to have him. We know he will make them laugh and smile, just as he made us laugh and smile. Thanks Dad for making our lives so special.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Theda Care at Home Hospice for their special care for Dad. We are truly grateful!
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from May 7 to May 8, 2013
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI 54911