Gerald “Buzz” Ebben, age 80, of rural Browns Valley, MN, died Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Browns Valley with Father David Breu celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 19, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and will continue on Saturday for one hour prior to the time of Mass at the church.
Casket bearers will be Taylor Ebben, Brayden Ebben, Mike Heck, David Kuschel, Chad Broz, and John Almquist.
Gerald John “Buzz” Ebben was born on November 18, 1935, in Roberts County, SD, to Peter and Gertrude (Appel) Ebben. He was raised in Becker Township, Roberts County, SD. Buzz was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Browns Valley and attended country school in Becker Township through the eighth grade.
Buzz served in the United States Army for two years in the Korean Conflict before his honorable discharge. He then moved back home to Browns Valley and farmed the family farm with his dad. On September 29, 1962, he was united in marriage with Helen Marie Anderson in Minneapolis. To this union, three children were born.
In his younger years, Buzz enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. He worked on a commercial fishing crew with Randall Fish Group but his true passion was farming. He raised livestock and grain farmed, continuing to farm up until his death. Buzz also loved his dogs and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Buzz was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Browns Valley.
Buzz is survived by his children: John (Michelle) Ebben of Wilmot, SD; Karen (Mike) Heck of Browns Valley, MN; and David (Tammy) Ebben of Wilmot, SD; nine grandchildren: Taylor, Shayna, Sydney, and Brayden Ebben, Elissa (Donnie) Hoberg, Marissa, Macey, Amanda, and Ashlyn Ebben; and two great-grandchildren, Mariah and Austin Hoberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Marie on August 5, 1986; and one sister, Mary Jane (Allen) Anderson.