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From the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram



John Thomas Eberhardt


John Thomas Eberhardt, 69, of Eau Claire, WI, passed away in the comfort of his home on June 16th 2011 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born on August 13th 1941 in Eau Claire to George and Evelyn Eberhardt. John graduated from Memorial High School in 1959. He married his sweetheart Dorothy Nyre on Oct 13th 1962. John worked hard throughout his life to provide for his family. He worked for United Parcel Service for 30 years and retired in 2003. He looked forward to and enjoyed his retirement. Most importantly he loved spending time with his lovely wife Dorothy, his children and grandchildren.

John was an avid craftsman with an eye for detail. He spent much of his free time building furniture that will live on as family heirlooms, taking walks with his canine companion Molly, working in his gardens, photographing nature, and spending time with his beloved family. Those closest to him understood that he was quiet man with the patience of the wisest soul. He was a wonderful and devoted father and "grandpa", who could easily spend his days tinkering in the shop or garden, teaching those around him as he worked. When it came to fixing things, John was a walking "owner's manual" and he took pride in being able to bring old things back to life. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.

John is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughter Pamela (Craig) Aspenson, son, Jahn (Angela) Eberhardt, grandchildren Alison and Andrea Aspenson and Ethan, Parker and Addison Eberhardt, and Molly his English Springer Spaniel. He is also survived by his sisters Elaine Singel and Joan Dorn, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Evelyn, and brothers Richard and Donald Eberhardt.

Thank you Dad for all you brought to us during our time together. We recognize nothing lasts forever in this earthly place. Our time together was cut short, yet we know we are better people because of you. You will be missed but not forgotten. We would like to thank the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice nurses, Dr. Burns and the Cancer Center nurses who helped care for and comfort him during his illness.

Memorials may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church and the Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center.

Funeral services for John will be on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703 with Pastor Rolf Nestingen officiating.

Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.

Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery.

To sign the guestbook online please visit www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Rd., Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with arrangements.