Vance Ebert, 94, Luverne, died Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. A time of fellowship will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial of cremains with full military honors provided by the Luverne American Legion and VFW will be at St. Catherine Cemetery.
Vance Ebert was on Feb. 17, 1924, to Charles W. and Maude (Isabelle Moody) Ebert in Worthington. In 1926 the family moved to a farm near Clear Lake, South Dakota, where Vance attended school, graduating in 1942. After high school he worked on the family farm and at the Watertown air base in construction before being inducted into the Navy in 1945. Vance served on active duty for 10 months and as a member of the Naval Reserve for four years.
Vance married Doris “Tootie” Warner on Feb. 17, 1947. They moved their family to Luverne in December 1955 wher Vance was the manager of the Luverne Farmers Elevator, a position he would hold for more than 33 years. In addition to their own children, Vance and Doris were parents to five foster children over the years. Following his retirement from the elevator, Vance was a campground host at Blue Mounds State Park and also spent many years working at Papik Motors.
Vance was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church and served on many boards including Land O’ Lakes for 17 years, Luverne City Council for 13 years, Chamber Council, the Regional Rail Authority, St. Catherine’s Building Committee, the Regional Development Commission, and the Private Industry Council.
Some of Vance’s fondest memories include being invited to the top of Mount Rushmore for observation of its construction in 1942, attending the World’s Fair in New York in 1964, and participating in the People to People tour of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, and Germany in 1972. Vance will always be remembered for his quiet demeanor, strong wit and sense of humor.
Vance is survived by his daughter-in-law Terri Ebert of Luverne; two sons, Jim (Mary) Ebert, Truman, and Paul (Dyan) Ebert, Big Lake; six grandchildren, Katie (Matt) Mostad, Sarah (Paul) Zebe, and Amanda (Eric) Lammert, all of Luverne, Jessica (Ethan) Harvey, Wrenshall, Jake (Nicole) Ebert, Truman, and Laurin Ebert, Big Lake; and 10 great-grandchildren, Jordyn Harvey, Peyton Franzen, Riley Harvey, Charlie Mostad, Ingrid Mostad, Daphne Zebe, Gage Zebe, Tatum Zebe, Alex Ebert, and Reese Ebert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris, on June 26, 2016; his son Chuck on June 14, 2002; and his siblings.
The family would like to thank the employees of the Minnesota Veterans Home for 16 years of excellent care for Vance.
Arrangements are provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com.