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Edward D. Ebert

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CHAMPAIGN - Edward D. Ebert passed away at 3:27 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 29, 2009) at his home in Champaign.

A memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect, Champaign. The Rev. Bradley Shumaker will officiate. Private burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Champaign, prior to the service with military rites accorded by the VFW Post 5520. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy.

Mr. Ebert was born June 16, 1917, at home in Champaign, a son of Frederick and Margaret Gorham Ebert. He married Freda Klopfenstein in Champaign on July 29, 1939. She died after 60 years of marriage on Dec. 19, 1999.

Surviving are a daughter, Ellen (Lowell) Mennenga, Savoy, and their two sons, Robb (Bonnita), Milwaukee, Wis., and Ed (Lindsay), Savoy; and a son, Fred Ebert, Champaign, and his children Jon Ebert, Jackson, Wyo., and Susan Chavarria, Champaign. Mr. Ebert had one great-granddaughter, Abby Chavarria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Margaret Verry; triplet children, Billy, Bobby and Betsy; and his loving daughter-in-law, Irma Ebert.

Mr. Ebert graduated from Champaign High School in 1935, where he had met his longtime spouse, Freda Klopfenstein. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1939 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. From 1939 to 1945 he worked for Bethlehem Steel Co. as a civil engineer doing design and fabricating work for U.S. Navy ships.

In 1945, he began serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va., where he taught in the Corps of Engineers. In 1946, he returned to the University of Illinois to become an instructor in the Department of General Engineering (industrial and enterprise systems engineering). In 1949, he earned his master of science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. In 1964, he was promoted to professor and remained in that position until he retired in May 1978.

While at the university, Mr. Ebert served on many committees within the Department of General Engineering and throughout the university. He also published workbooks in the area of engineering drawing.

He was a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education. His honoraries include Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon and Sigma Tau.

Edward was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Champaign/Urbana for more than 50 years. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, where he served on the church council, as an usher and in many other capacities. He also obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Edward was a lifelong fan of Fighting Illini sports and the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed woodworking and traveling. Edward was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and his presence will be greatly missed by his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Edward Ebert Scholarship Fund in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. Make checks payable to: UIF/Edward Ebert Scholarship. Mail to: University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

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