Obituary – Raymond Gerald Ebmeier

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Raymond Gerald Ebmeier, 97, Pompano Beach, Fla., died July 13, 2014.

Raymond was born Nov. 6, 1916, on a farm south of Laurel, to August H. and Lillie Ebmeier. He attended grades one-eight in a country school nearly one mile from his home on the farm. He graduated from Laurel High School in 1934 and from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, in 1939, with a degree in science education. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a master’s degree in science education. He married Adeline Fleer, Winside, in 1941. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in February 2011, before her passing six weeks later. They had three children, Dr. Raymond K. Ebmeier (Jan), Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Carmi, Ill.; Angela Eaton (Larry), Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Dr. Marcia James (Richard), Whitewater, Wis.

During WWII, he served his country as a chemist in the explosives area. He then pursued his career in teaching science in schools in Nebraska, Detroit, and finally, Big Rapids, Mich., where he retired after spending 20 years at Ferris State University teaching chemistry and supervising science student teachers. His summers involved carrying out NSF grants at Michigan State University, Wayne State University, the University of Illinois, and Tufts University, Boston, Mass. While at Ferris, he served as chairman of the faculty council. His leadership talents carried over to his church work. He was chairman of Missouri Synod Lutheran congregations in Big Rapids, Mich.; Peoria, Ariz.; and where he lived from 1987-2013.

He was an avid fisherman, a golfer and excelled in woodworking, many of his projects adorn his children’s and grandchildren’s homes.

Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, Lloyd and Arnold; and a sister, Wilma Brodersen; and a grandson, Brian K. Ebmeier, in 2012.

He is survived by his children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Carmi, Ill., where a service is planned. Additionally, a graveside service is planned in Laurel, where his ashes and Adeline’s will be interred.