The funeral service for Don will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with Rev. Paul Kuckhahn officiating. Entombment with military honors will be at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.
Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com
Donald Leo Ebert was born on November 13, 1930, in the Town of Emmet, the son of Leo A. and Mae (Bence) Ebert. He was a 1948 graduate of Watertown High School. On April 17, 1954 he married Joanne Rowlands at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Don served for four years in the United States Air Force. He was the shop superintendent at Lindberg in Watertown for 37 years. Don was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, where he was a member of the building committee for Trinity Lutheran School, served on the church council, was an usher, greeter, and served on other church committees. Don loved spending time with his family and enjoyed golfing, walking, hunting, and fishing.
Don is survived by his wife Joanne of Watertown, four children, Cathy (Tom) Hoof, Wanda (Mike) Hensel, Gail (David) Oestreicher, all of Watertown, Steve Ebert of Waukesha, four grandchildren, Nick (Amanda Bowdin) Oestreicher of Watertown, Andy (Alisha) Hensel of Mobile, AL, Alicia Hensel of Milwaukee, Codi Oestreicher of Watertown, two great-grandchildren, Skyla Hensel and Keona Oestreicher, one sister, Shirley Schlatter, one brother, Bruce (Mary) Ebert, both of Watertown, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Rita Hodel and Rachel Olson.
The family would like to thank Rev. Brauer, Rev. Kuckhahn, Rainbow Hospice, and Total Living Care of UW Health Partners Regional Medical Center in Watertown, for the loving care they provided to Don. Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Rainbow Hospice.