Gerald “Gary” Eberspacher
June 2, 1952 – Aug. 5, 2019
Gerald James Eberspacher was born June 2, 1952, in Seward to James and Reva (Matzke) Eberspacher, the second of three children, and went to his heavenly home Aug. 5, 2019, at his home in Milford at age 67.
As a young boy, he attended a country school near Seward and later became a 1970 graduate of Milford High School. He explored the idea of college, taking ag classes and later attending Columbus Junior College, taking art history classes and participating with Coach Bargen’s basketball team. He furthered college at Chadron State College and later met Debbie Haverkamp. They were united in marriage Aug. 17, 1973, in Rapid City, South Dakota. To this union a daughter, Jamie Ann, and a son, Brad William, were born.
They lived in Chadron, Grand Island, Milford and Hagler and moved back to Milford in 1978. First, Gary farmed. Then he followed the harvest custom route for a year. He later was employed as a field supervisor for Rain and Hail Crop Insurance Company. Although Gary still wanted to farm and work part-time, his health forced him to do otherwise. Gary enjoyed spending time in his yard, mowing and irrigating their lawn with utmost perfection. He also loved snow removal, not only in his own driveway, but for others down his street and throughout town. In 2005, Gary discovered a new hobby of researching his family’s genealogy. His favorite project was authoring a book, documenting 100 years of family farm equipment.
Survivors include his wife, Deb of Milford; daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Aaron Burd of Severance, Colorado; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kelle Eberspacher of Vista, California; one granddaughter, Abby Burd of Severance, Colorado; sisters and brother-in-law, Sharon Farrar of Brighton, Colorado, and Beverly and Jim Michal of Flagler, Colorado; a special sister, Lori Ann Moline of Grand Rapids, Michigan; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service was held Aug. 11 at Bellwood Mennonite Church in Milford. Burial was held prior to the service at Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim Martin, John Goertzen, Dan and Tom Gatto, Dan Friedli, Lanny and Barry Stauffer and Brad Eberspacher. Memorial contributions may be made to Bellwood Mennonite Church toward the Benevolent Fund or to Mennonite Disaster Service. Condolences may be sent to the family at laubermoore.com.