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Published: Friday, 3/24/2006

Meat shop owner was church leader

FREMONT - Gordon L. Ebert, 79, of Fremont, a retired meat cutter who owned the former Ebert's Meats, died Tuesday in the Bethesda Care Center nursing home in Fremont.

The family did not know the cause of death.

Mr. Ebert operated the meat shop, a family business at Potter Village Shopping Center in Fremont, which he first co-owned and then owned, from its inception in 1959 until the mid-1970s, when he sold it.

He later was a meat cutter at Hasselbach Meats, near Fremont, until retiring in 1993.

"People trusted him because he was honest," his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Joanne Ebert, said. "He had a good rapport with his customers."

A native of Castalia, Ohio, Mr. Ebert graduated from Sandusky High School in 1944 and later served in the Navy at the end of World War II.

Mr. Ebert enjoyed spending time with his family and playing golf.

Mrs. Ebert said her husband was a very religious man, for whom "besides his family, his church came first."

Mr. Ebert was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont, where he served on the church council.

He was a past member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sandusky, where he was council vice president, a member of the church council and building committee, and Sunday school superintendent.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Joanne Ebert; daughters, Cheryl Ebert and Patricia Ann Mehling; sons, Douglas Karl Ebert and Steven L. Ebert; eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont, where visitation will be after 11 a.m. tomorrow. Arrangements are by the Keller-Ochs-Koch Funeral Home, Fremont.

The family suggests tributes to Grace Lutheran Church, Bethesda Care Center, or a charity of the donor's choice.



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