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Obituary: Robert Ebbers

Robert (Bob) Ebbers

Sept. 24, 1952 – Sept. 24, 2022

Robert Dale Ebbers was born Sept. 24, 1952 and went home to his Heavenly father on Sept. 24, 2022.

Robert was born and raised on the family farm in Canyon County, Caldwell, Idaho.  He was the sixth child of eight born to Herman and Helena Ebbers. Farming was deeply imbedded in his blood. He worked, lived, and slept it his whole life.  This taught him the ethics of hard work that served him well. The mentality of hard work carried him through the good times and bad times his entire life. There was no job on the farm that he could not or would not figure out how to complete.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife Fran, both his parents, and his eldest brother Bernard. He is survived by Thomas Ebbers (Joanne) of Nyssa, Celeste Church of Orofino, Idaho, Bro. Edmund Ebbers OSB of St. Martin’s Abbey, Charlotte Shaber (Deacon Eric) of Kennewick, Washington, Theresa Fitzgerald (Bill) of Boise, and Margaret Ward (Lacy) of Meridian, Idaho.  Robert also leaves behind two step-daughters of his wife Fran: Frances Marie and Cheryl Arlene of Elko, Nevada; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Robert continued the inherited family legacy of farming 200 acres in Canyon County till 1984 when the farm was sold.  While raising milk cows and later angus beef the goal was always to raise the necessary feed needed of hay, grain, at times silage, and a money crop of seed corn.  This was hard work and he knew it well.  Outside of farm life, Robert served his Catholic Church wherever he lived. He was a Knights of Columbus member, served as the Grand Knight, and in many other capacities.

In November of 1984, Robert married Fran Peters.   They lived at the River Ranch in Notus, Idaho, until 1996. In 2008 they purchased a bigger outfit at Mitchell Butte by Adrian, Oregon. They continued to raise quality cattle and sheep.  Their next move was to the Big Bend area, closer to Adrian. In 2016, Bob went to work for Y-1 Farms, near Jamieson, Oregon, where he worked for Maags.

Robert survived a major ranching accident in June of 2021. Despite all the medical profession did to help bring him through this he lived his remaining life in pain and suffering.  Most importantly he never gave up the faith and knew the Lord was walking this journey with him.  He remains a witness to all who had the privilege of knowing him.  The Lord has now welcomed him home and as he smiles on Bob, He no doubt has said, “Well done good and faithful servant, you have run the race and kept the faith.” There is no greater honor than eternal life with the Lord.

Funeral service will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Vale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, followed by Mass at 11 a.m. and interment at Owyhee Cemetery in Nyssa at 12 noon. Arrangements and services are by Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale.

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