Robert Charles Eberhard was born in Sioux City, Feb. 19, 1921, the son of Meta Amelia (Pickron) and Charles David Eberhard. He attended Liberty School near Merrill, and realized from an early age on, that farming was going to be his future occupation. At the age of 16, Bob began farming with Delbert and Clara Raby, his sister and brother-in-law.
On March 30, 1945, Robert entered into active duty with the United States Army and served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater in Hawaii and on Canton Island. After faithfully completing his military duties, Robert was honorably discharged from the Army Nov. 13, 1946, and returned to Moville.
On March 8, 1947 in Walthill, Neb., Robert was united in marriage to Mary Jane Stewart. They became the proud parents of Connie Jean, Ruth Coreen and Gayle Eileen.
Bob and Mary farmed the land that they lived on west of Kingsley, for more than 60 years. They were devoted to raising their three daughters and attending all the busy activities. In his earlier years, Bob was involved as a 4-H leader.
Some of Bob's leisure activities included playing games of chance at casinos, reading, playing cards with his friends and participating in long conversations with his neighbors. He adored his daughters and his grandchildren. Bob and his daughter, Ruth, raised miniature horses and found great joy in attending horse shows and their membership, in a horse driving club with their friends.
Bob will be dearly missed by his daughters, Connie LaSure of Plattsmouth, Neb., Ruth Eberhard of Kingsley and Gayle (Dale) Jaacks, of Kingsley; his sister, Clara (Delbert) Raby of Hinton; his five grandchildren, Jason (Elena) Jaacks, Karrie Jaacks, Kelli (Larry) Beach, Brock (Liz) LaSure and Brent (Kellee) LaSure; his seven great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Preceding Bob in death were his wife, Mary Eberhard in 1996; his parents Charles and Meta Eberhard, and 11 brothers and sisters, Harold, Walter, Ruth Wetrosky, Carl, Rudolph, Willard, Eldon, Leone Jaacks, Lorene Meek and Evelyn Conjurski.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley, with the Rev. Mark J. Stoll presiding. Interment will be in the St. Michael's Parish Cemetery with military honors provided by Nash American Legion Post 140.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley, with the family present from 4 to 8 p.m. The rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. followed by the scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday morning at the St. Michael's Catholic Church, one hour prior to Bob's service.
Thoughts, stories and condolences may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.
Those wishing to extend a memorial may wish to direct them to the McCrossan Boy's Ranch, 47135 260th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57107.