Julius "Jerry" Henry Ebert Jr. was born on May 6, 1930, in Joplin, Mo.
As the only child to Julius and Ethel Ebert, he grew from boy to man in Joplin enjoying life. From singing in a boys choir as a child, to working as a lifeguard as a teen, he kept busy. High school held many memories for him while he played trumpet in the band and participated in sea scouts and DeMolay.
When a friend invited him to church, he found and received Christ as his savior as a teenager. After graduation, he continued to pursue his lifelong interest in piloting airplanes and also joined the armed services.
Jerry married the love of his life, Gwendolyn Burton, on Aug. 16, 1953, in Miami, Okla., where they made their home and were "blessed" with four children.
Jerry worked as an accountant/comptroller and a computer programmer jobs in Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wyoming and Washington state. He also was owner/manager of True Value Hardware on Main Street in Fort Scott, Kan., retiring after many years of service.
After retirement, he worked part time at Wal-Mart. When he retired he made his home in Fort Scott and enjoyed his little acreage with his "girl"and a variety of pets. He liked having the time for fishing, reading, carpentry and grandchildren.
Jerry went to his home with the Lord on Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Cleburne, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Gwen and his children, son Jerry D. and wife Becky of Cleburne, Texas, and daughters Linda Lamb and husband Everett of Leander, Texas, Ann O'Bannon and husband Rod, of Shawnee Mound, Mo., and Stephanie Farrell of Kansas City.
Jerry had 13 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren (plus one on the way) and one step-great-grandchild.
Graveside services and interment for Jerry will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2012, at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami.
Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.