Dean Eberhard, 55, of Le Mars, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at his residence.
Dean Eberhard was born Aug. 15, 1948, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars, the son of Rudolph and Martha (Herzberg) Eberhard. He attended school near Struble, one of the first students to begin a new education program for special needs children. Following his education, Dean was involved in many vocational training programs prior to his employment with Life Skills Training Center in Le Mars. He was presently employed with Life Skills and thoroughly enjoyed his occupation and co-workers.
Dean was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church (Johnson Township), rural Merrill, and participated with his mother when she was able to attend.
Music was central to Dean's life. He had an extensive record collection and was fond of country music. A trip to Branson, Mo., and the local country music shows were among some of his life's highlights. He never missed an episode of the Lawrence Welk Show or Hee Haw with Sunday mornings reserved for church programs and hymns on the record player. For the past several years, Dean had been a resident of the Porter Group Homes in Le Mars.
Survivors include his mother, Martha Eberhard, of Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars; a sister, Arlene Maxwell and her husband, Melvin, of Martinsville, Ind.; a brother, Dale and his wife, Betty, of Council Bluffs; nieces and nephews, Kevin Maxwell, Kim Maxwell and his wife, Kimberly and their children Ben and Sam, Michael Maxwell, all of Martinsville, Ind., Mary Biggs and her husband, Michael and their children Jordan, Jake and Kendall of Kansas City, Mo., Laura Eberhard of Chicago, Ill., Thomas Eberhard and his wife, Stacey and their daughter Keagan of Muscatine, Sally Landmark and her husband, Greg, and their children Johanna and Thomas of Denver, Colo., and Susan Martin and her husband, Mark, and their children Jacey and Josh of Council Bluffs.
He was preceded in death by his father on Feb. 11, 1979.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Johnson Township), rural Merrill, with the Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 3 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Pallbearers will be Dan Varenhorst, Don Ohlrichs, Mark Herzberg, Mark Treinen, Alan Feuerhelm, Dean Varenhorst, Kim Maxwell and Mike Maxwell.
Memorials may be directed to Life Skills Training Center, 1510 Industrial Road S.W., Le Mars, Iowa 51031.