GRANITE BLUFF - John "Jack" Robert Ebertsch, 78, of Granite Bluff, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013 at his home after a brave seven-month battle with cancer.
He was born on Jan. 4, 1935 in Chicago, son of the late John J. and Catherine (Kiemele) Ebertsch. His family moved to Oak Lawn, Ill., when he was 3 years old. He graduated from Reavis High School and went on to two years of college at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
While living in Oak Lawn, Jack worked as a mail carrier for the Oak Lawn Branch of the U.S. Postal Service for nine years. While employed there, he and Deanna Lea Baacke eloped on Oct. 1, 1957 to Hernando, Miss., and have spent nearly 56 wonderful years together.
In 1963 Jack went to work for Inland Diesel in Illinois. Jack and Dee moved to her family's camp land in Granite Bluff in 1971. Jack and his father-in-law started Rudy and Jack's Home Maintenance and Repair.
Later Jack worked as a diesel mechanic for W.B. Thompson then Inland Diesel and returned to W.B. Thompson from 1973 until his retirement in 2000.
Jack enjoyed raising animals, woodworking, gardening, camping, cooking/baking and working on cars. Most of his time was spent in his wood shop. This is where his talent mostly showed, along with his perfection in wood working. You would find him in his shop day after day as he built anything he possibly could, and everyone could find him there if they needed something fixed. Sharing his homemade caramels gave him great pleasure.
More than anything, Jack loved spending time with his family. He adored his children, grandchildren and especially his great-grandchildren.
Jack was always ready with a helping hand for anyone who needed it. He could repair or build just about anything as shown by his many projects in his home, his children's homes and his grandchildren's homes.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jon "Josh" Ebertsch in 2011; a brother, James L. Ebertsch; and his in-laws, Rudy and Frances Baacke.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Deanna Ebertsch of Granite Bluff; his son, Brett (Patti) Ebertsch of Granite Bluff; his daughter, Star (Kent) Martin of Randville; seven grandchildren, Casey Ebertsch, Joseph, Jason (Sarah) and Erica Ebertsch, Mandy (Dave) Shogren, Cody (Colleen) and Frances Martin; five great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Addyson and Caylee Shogren, Olivia Ebertsch and Gavin Snowden; brother-in-law, Art (Pat) Baacke of Granite Bluff: sisters-in-law, Delores Ebertsch of Chicago Ridge, Ill., and Susan (Rudy) Mashak of Iron Mountain; special nephew, James Ebertsch Jr.; several nieces and nephews; special friend and "adopted sister," Kay Walters; special friends and "adopted children," Dan and Shari Wallner; and special nurse, Kelly Watt.
The visitation will be held on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. The funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home.
Jack's daughter-in-law Patti Ebertsch will lead the service celebrating his life.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in his memory.
Jack's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dickinson County Home Health and the Dickinson County Cancer Loan Closet for all of their help and support. A special thanks also to the doctors and the nurses of DCH.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of John "Jack" Ebertsch online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.