Henry John Ebershoff II

  • Born: May 6, 1945
  • Died: June 21, 2012
  • Location: Lafayette, Indiana

Hippensteel Funeral Service & Crematory

822 North Ninth Street
Lafayette, IN 47904

hippensteelfh@hotmail.com
Tel. (765) 742-7302

Tribute & Message From The Family


Henry John Ebershoff, II 67, of Lafayette went to be with The Lord God after a brave battle with throat cancer at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012. Always fun, he kept his humor and quick wit to the end surrounded by his wife Lana, sons Richard II, Scott and Craig. Henry was born in Lafayette on May 6, 1945, the son of the late Richard V. and Sarah Schaaf Ebershoff.

Henry started his athletic career playing basketball for St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School under the tutelage of coach and mentor Joe Heath. He was MVP of the Jeff Booster tournament, which was a city tournament of all of the Lafayette grade schools. Henry went on to play football and basketball at Central Catholic High School and was MVP in each sport under the coaching of close friend Paul Larocca. He graduated from CC in 1963. Henry had quite a few athletic scholarships opportunities for college and finally settled at Purdue. He played football and was injured and could no longer play football but concentrated on basketball. He was captain of the Purdue men's basketball team his senior year, all Big Ten, and was a member of the All Kodak Classic Team. He held various records at Purdue and still holds the individual single season free throw percentage record. In 1988 he was voted into the Silver Anniversary Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Team.

Upon graduation in 1967 from Purdue, he went to work at the family company and Henry went on to be President/Owner of Lafayette Tent and Awning Company, Inc. in 1974. He was a member of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, International Association of Fairs and Festivals, American Rental Association, Downtown Business Member, and Industrial Fabrics Association International. Henry put his heart and soul into his company. He has aided in the mentoring of thousands of young men by teaching them that "there is no substitution for hard work". Lafayette Tent and Awning Company will turn 100 years old in 2013, founded by Henry J. Ebershoff I in 1913 and is a Lafayette landmark.

Henry was a member of St. Mary Cathedral and attended St. Ann's Catholic Church. He was also a member of the John Purdue Club, Moose and Elk Lodges. Henry was a charitable donor to many organizations in the community. He annually attended the Indianapolis 500 race for the past 50 years and only missed one. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at The Pub and Hop's Shawnee Tavern in Lafayette and wintering in the fabulous Florida Keys.

In 2000 he married the former Lana Timmons and she survives. He is also survived by three sons, Richard Ebershoff, II (wife, Janet), Scott Ebershoff, and Craig Ebershoff (wife, Erin), two step-sons, Brandon Blankenship (wife, Heather) and Nate Timmons, his sister Susan E. Ebershoff-Coles (husband, Wayne), and seven grandchildren.

Henry deeply loved his family, his pets Rockie and Izzy, and was loved by many. He will be greatly missed by the many people he touched in his life.
Today, to honor Henry at this sad time, please commit one random act of kindness to another. That was how Henry Ebershoff lived his life.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Almost Home Humane Society and CASA for Kids Tippecanoe County, or the charitable organization of your choice. Peace be with you.

Visitation 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church with Father Dominic Young officiating. Burial to follow at Spring Vale Cemetery. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

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He was a kind gentle man .. May his strengths be forever passed on thru generations after generations.

Posted by Torie Biddle - lafayette, IN - husband was former employee   June 20, 2013

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Lana...I am older that you and can tell you how much you'v touched so many lives. With your bubbly attitude and spunk. Since I started watching you last year the loosing of one's husband...when the love and respect is still there as we can tell it was, my eyes swell with tears knowing one day I will be too just like you, for my husband is the love of my life also. The only reason people are saying bad things is because the are sooooooooooooo jealouse of what you had, for they have never had someone that was as good to them as your husband was. Keep looking up, God truly helps those that help themselves...all of us have missed you being on the youtube..WELCOME BACK...WE MISSED YOU!!!!

Posted by Kay Robertson - High Point, NC - viewer   March 28, 2013

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Lana...I am older that you and can tell you how much you'v touched so many lives. With your bubbly attitude and spunk. Since I started watching you last year the loosing of one's husband...when the love and respect is still there as we can tell it was, my eyes swell with tears knowing one day I will be too just like you, for my husband is the love of my life also. The only reason people are saying bad things is because the are sooooooooooooo jealouse of what you had, for they have never had someone that was as good to them as your husband was. Keep looking up, God truly helps those that help themselves...all of us have missed you being on the youtube..WELCOME BACK...WE MISSED YOU!!!!

Posted by Kay Robertson - High Point, NC - viewer   March 28, 2013

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Heart felt condolences to you and your family. May God keep you and your family close.

Posted by Sharon - Canadian Fan   February 28, 2013

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Thinking of you always dearest Lana, may your beloved Henry rest in eternal peace. xxxooo

Posted by Leyla - UK - Friend   November 26, 2012

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My deepest & most sincere condolences to Lana & her family for the loss of their loved one Henry. May God rest his soul. I pray that God blesses this family & gives them the strength to move forward with peace & happy memories in their hearts. Hugs to all <3>

Posted by Araceli Terrones - Downey, CA   October 25, 2012

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Lana, my heart felt condolences to you and your family. You have always taken the time to reply to the posts which I have left on your YouTube this is the least I could have done. Katrina

Posted by Katrina - Aberdeen, Scotland   September 04, 2012

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Lana and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Henry. Lana, your youtube videos about your husband illness has touched many. Each and everyone of Henry's family members are in my prayers.

Posted by Joan - youtube friend   September 01, 2012

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I am terribly sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jamie    July 16, 2012

May the passage of time help ease the pain of your loss. My heart goes out to Lana and Henry's family. You will see each other again one day.

Posted by Suzie B - new York, NY - Friend   July 08, 2012

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Condolences to you Lana and your family xxxxx

Posted by Melissa - Adelaide, South Australia   July 05, 2012

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Dearest Lana and all the family and friends,

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Henry as for the past year my husband Ged and I have willed and prayed for a miracle.

No words can convey the sadness we feel for a person we never met so for you all it must be immense.

Please take comfort in the fact he is reunited with his Mother and waits for you all with God.

I will continue to pray for you all to have the strength to cope with his loss.

Our love and Prayers be with you
Jools and Gerald King
United Kingdom

Posted by Jools King - UK - Friend   July 05, 2012

Dear Lana,

i am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Henry, he sounded like such a wonderful man who treated you with love and kindness. When you spoke of him you could see the happiness in your heart and the twinkle in your eyes.

I know i only know you from YouTube but your soul has reached out to so many and I know Henry will be watching over you.

My deepest sympathy,
Shawnee

Posted by shawnee sisneroz - pioneer, CA   July 02, 2012

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Dear Lana, sending you sincere condolences.

Posted by Carolyn - FL - YT follower   July 02, 2012

My heart and prayers go out to this precious family on the loss of Henry. Lana, may our Lord wrap you and your family in His great and wondrous, everlasting Arms. May He grant you peace and comfort. I am so sorry...

Posted by Susan Carlson - Kuna, ID   July 01, 2012

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God bless you all.

Posted by Mary - London, England   July 01, 2012

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We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Henry's life.
Knowing about Henry only through the visit´s in his company
-where my sister Gisela works for many years-
he or his sons always took some time out for a short talk, we really appriciated that and we got to know a great man.
My Mom and I just wanted to let you know we´re sorry.
Berta Herold and Gerald Herold
from Germany

Posted by Gerald Herold - Haibach, GERMANY   June 30, 2012

Lana,

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Please allow Jesus to comfort you during this time. He understands your pain and heartache better than anyone else can.

Henry was blessed to have you to share his life with and to be there by his side during this last year. Take comfort in knowing how much you helped him.

Hugs from Texas.

Sandee

Posted by Sandee Starks - Dallas , TX - You tube follower   June 29, 2012

Words cannot express to you how sorry I am for your loss and I will not begin to say I feel your pain because I hope I never know what it's like to loose my husband ad best friend.I know you are strong and by Gods love and mercy , you will get through this.Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and we miss you so much and when you decide to come sit and share with us on you tube we wil be here for you my dear sweet Lana.
God Bless,Donna

Posted by Donna Sulligan - Travelers Rest, SC - Yoiu tube follower of Lana's   June 29, 2012

Lana you have been On my mind constantly for the past few months. I want you to know that I wish you allBlessings of Peace, Tranquility and healing of you spirit. Love you

Hls12002 frm the YT

Posted by Helen - Crawford, NY - Yt follower-Lana   June 29, 2012

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Dearest Lana: I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Henry. I have been looking for your posts often lately and when I didn't see you for so long I knew in my heart that you were in deep sadness. I know you have a strong faith in God and I hope that is a great comfort to you and your family at this time. I remember you telling us how you first met your husband and what he said to you. You always make me laugh. I can't believe how I feel like I know you just from reading your blogs but I truly enjoy you, and I hope you know how many friends you have made by just being your sweet self. Take good care of yourself and in time I hope to hear from you again as you start your journey on the path to healing. And although you must make this journey by yourself, you are not alone.
Your friend in Ohio,
Sharon

Posted by Sharon - Mantua, OH - Lana Utube follower   June 29, 2012

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My condolences to Lana and family at the passing of Henry. I remember when he was coaching basketball at CCHS. He was one of the people instrumental in keeping the doors of CC open when the Bishop wanted to close it. Thank you, Henry, and may your soul rest in peace. You are missed by many people. I am sorry that I could not be at the funeral Mass or visitation, but hope this note will express my thoughts and prayers for his family members at this time.

Posted by Alice R. Anderson - Lafayette, IN - Friend/Classmate   June 28, 2012

To all of you that loved Henry:
I thank you.
Your beautiful words of love and kindness have made this last week a bit more bearable. I always knew how wonderful he was but didn't know ALL of you did as well. Every person that would stop me to tell a story of Henry's kindness to them or a funny one-liner he had come up with I will hold dear to me forever.
Henry was and always will be my best friend and when he died, he took the best part of me with him.
To Henry:
Where do I begin?
I thought we were going to win. We sure tried. You were so brave.
As I said my last goodbyes to you, I left your face wet with my tears that will be with you thru eternity. Your loving heart I will take with me until we lie together once more. YOU are the best part of me.
I learned so much from you. Since you've been gone when I struggle with a problem, I just say to myself "How would Henry want me to do this?" and it seems to solve itself.
I have had so many people tell me that you told them over the years that I am the love of your life. Well, you ARE my life and I miss you more than I ever dreamed possible.
Sleep easy, My darling.
I will make you proud. You have always made me proud.
You are gone but will never be forgotten. You live in every life you touched and there were many.
I Love You

Posted by Lana - Lafayette, IN - Wife/Best Friend   June 28, 2012

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My Dearest Lana,
I have no words to express my condolences for the extreme loss you have experienced. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

Posted by Pam (floridapossum)    June 28, 2012

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I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Henry's life. Knowing about Henry only through the wonderful things Lana has shared about him, the pure joy he brought to the lives around him - especially Lana's - was obvious. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind and, to Henry's family, my prayer is that this joy continues to shine bright in your lives. So many people in the online community, all over the world, are mourning with you today.

Posted by Kimberly - NC   June 27, 2012

So sorry to hear of Henry's passing. He is now one of the Poor Souls in Purgatory I pray for each day.

Posted by Joe Voglund - Danville, IL - classmate    June 27, 2012

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I know Henry's wife, Lana, from youtube. I am extremely touched by his passing and I hope the best for this family. Henry seemed like such a happy man, full of life. I'm sorry and my prayers will still be with you.

Posted by Liz - Baldwinsville, NY   June 27, 2012

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Henry was a wonderful man and may he rest in pease with God. He will be missed by alot of people. RIP Henry

Posted by Jessica Thomas - Lafayette, IN - daughter of an employee   June 27, 2012

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Henry wos the best Man I came to the usa in 1979 sotort worken in 1980
and i culden askt for a better boss he wos noth just a boss he wos a frand for leif
i will miss hime so mutch.If we would have a presedend leik Henry the world wuld be a beeter place you will be misst

Posted by Giselak Crouch - Lafayette, IN - worke for a lang time   June 27, 2012

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This is Donna Williams Petro ( Pete ) Williams step mom.
To the family of Henry John Ebershoff Iam so sorry for your lost.

Posted by donna williams - lafayette, IN - Step son's boss   June 26, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Henry's passing. He was a great man,
We worked with Henry from 1985 thru 1999 setting up horse shows all over the states, from Colorado to Florida and many places in between. He and the boys,were the greatest team and very professional about their work.
With our love and prayers.
Janet and Don Humphrey, former owner of
Superior Stall Services Inc. Columbia, MO

Posted by Janet & Don Humphrey - Columbia, MO - former owner of Superior Stall    June 26, 2012

Lana,
I am so sorry for your loss. For everyone's loss, as I can tell that Henry was loved by so very many. There are such wonderful memories written here.

My love and prayers,

Victoria
(of Toriology)

Posted by Victoria - Raleigh, NC, NC - Friend of Lana's   June 26, 2012

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Remember loved ones never leave
They are forever near
For their love lives on in memories
Our hearts hold dear

Rest In Peace Henry
Stephanie Slaughterbeck

Posted by Stephanie Slaughterbeck (Brown) - Lafayette , IN - Friend to Scotty and Lana   June 26, 2012

The world has lost an extraordinary man. I was fortunate enough to meet Henry at my very first MAFE convention as I tagged along with Barb Kolm as she placed the order for tents for the Berrien County Youth Fair. His smile just put you at ease and you just knew you were in good hands. He has passed that same quality onto his sons and he will forever live within them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family he lives behind.

Posted by Jeannie Rennhack - Bridgman, MI - Friend   June 26, 2012

The loss of a Great Man, a friend to all who knew him.

Posted by Larry Maxwell - Martinsville, IN - Morgan County Fair   June 26, 2012

Tn A series of events and good fortune put me in possession of an original picture of SECRETARIAT along with the autographs of the owner (Penny Chenery) and Hall of Fame jockey (Ron Turcotte). I happened to run into Henry the night I returned from Churchill Downs with the freshly autographed picture. Henry was so impressed that I asked if he wanted a copy..he said "YES". On DERBY DAY Henry came into HOP'S to watch the races and I gave him a matted and framed picture. He wanted to know what he owed me...I said NOTHING....he wanted to know WHY... I said you've been through so much during the past several months that I simply wanted to do something nice for you..his eyes watered up and between Henry ,Hop and I we barely made it through the event without crying. Two weeks later Henry came into Hop's and handed me an envelope...inside was a gift card for 100 dollars to Hour Time. I asked Henry what this was for...he said I simply wanted to do something nice for you .It was virtually impossible to out give Henry. He was so good at it . I only knew Henry for a short time...MY LOSS..but knowing him at all was a HUGE GAIN . In the book of JAMES it says and I take a little liberty with my own interpretation , life is like a mist , a whisper in the wind , we're only here for a moment and then gone ... the good news is we'll all be together again REAL SOON . GOD BLESS HENRY and all that he touched...PERSONAL MESSAGE TO HENRY..."COME ON WIRE" !!! ALAN BURGE

Posted by alan burge - lafayette, IN - friend   June 26, 2012

Henry was a great guy! Knew him from Purdue because of my Dad.

Posted by Rick Sexson - Lafayette, IN - Friend   June 25, 2012

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Rest well, little brother. Your race is run and you ran it with the same grace, dignity, and love for others as did the ones who came before you. You are in my heart forever.

Posted by Susie - Danville, IN - Sister   June 25, 2012

Lana, Rich, Scott and Craig:

We wish to extend sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father, Henry. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He epitomized the true meaning of "love one another as I have loved you" by giving, unselfishly, to those in need. No matter your lot in life, he always treated everyone with respect and dignity. May he rest in peace and joy eternally!

Sincerely,

The Board and Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry

Posted by Lafayette Urban Ministry - Lafayette, IN - Friend of LUM   June 25, 2012

Lana, Rich, Scott, Craig and Family:

What a huge loss to this community. Many have said it before me, but he was a great man and a wonderful friend and mentor to so many. He raised 3 wonderful young men and I know that you will all miss him so much. Lana, I still remember seeing you and Henry at the Hour Time on Jim's birthday and Thanksgiving day, the Thursday before he passed away. It meant so much to me to have the kind words that Henry and you said to us that day, knowing how sick Jim was and the bad news that we had just received. I still have the plant on my desk at LUM that you sent when Jim passed away. It reminds me daily of the kindness shown by a very special person and how very blessed I have been to have known such a wonderful family. I know what you are feeling at this time, Lana. It is never easy to lose your best friend. Please know that all of you are in my prayers. May Henry rest in the peace of Christ and may God hold all of you in the palm of His hand.

Posted by Eileen Hession Weiss - Lafayette, IN - Friend    June 25, 2012

Rich, Scott and Craig- condolences to you with your loss. Know that your friends and family are thinking about you and saying prayers. He molded you 3 and I know his legacy is left in good hands!

Posted by Chuck Gamble - Columbus, OH - Business - a customer   June 25, 2012

Dearest Lana,

May God carry you and your family through this heartbreaking time.

"As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens"

Lana, you are loved by so many of us; please know we are standing beside you in spirit during this time.

xoxo

Posted by NEH - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Friend of Lana   June 25, 2012

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My deepest sympathy to the Ebershoff family. Henry was an amazing man and boss. He will be missed.

Posted by Michelle (Wilkerson) Davis - Clarks Hill, IN - Previous Employee   June 25, 2012

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We met Henry in 2007 when he helped us with tents for our daughter's wedding at the farm. His kindness and generosity was very much appreciated and never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Posted by Tim and Katie Lemon - Berrien Springs, MI   June 25, 2012

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Dear Lana,
My deepest condolences on the loss of the love of your life Henry. May God comfort you & your grieving family at this heartbreaking time, know that you are in a million hearts & prayers. Find comfort in you many memories & the knowledge that he suffers no longer & that you will be reunited once again in the Lords loving embrace.

Posted by Meliza Ramos-Ozuna - CA   June 25, 2012

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Lana and family,

I am so deeply sorry for your loss my dear Lana. So glad you shared a little bit of Henry with us over the years, it was easy to see how much you loved one another.

I hold you, and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Natalie (Natalie075)

Posted by Natalie Cunningham - Wichita, KS - Friend of Lana   June 25, 2012

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow"

Posted by Wendy BentleyBlonde - MD   June 25, 2012

Dearest Lana,
Words cannot express the sorrow that I felt when I heard of your Henrys passing. He fought the good fight! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers <3 the rain in bird like singing a>

Posted by Wendy BentleyBlonde - MD   June 25, 2012

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I'm so sorry to hear this Lana. My heart is breaking for you. (((HUGS))) to you and your family.
Peg~ (MemomMon)

Posted by Peggy Garrison Bayer - Corbin, KY - Friend of Lana   June 25, 2012

Lana, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I love you tons and I hope you remember how much Henry loved you. I wish that I could hug you but just remember so many people are here for you! Sending lots of love from Alabama,

Sammie,
(Natesproudwife)

Posted by Sammie Bentley - AL   June 24, 2012

I have had the pleasure of knowing the Ebershoff's for the last 14 years at Berrien County Youth Fair. Henry was a wonderul business man and everyones friend. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him. My prayers are with the family at this time. Rest in peace Henry under the big tent in the sky!

Posted by Gail Holmes - Eau Claire, MI - Michigan Fair Friend   June 24, 2012

Lana, just remember how much Henry loves you. Stay strong. He is forever alive in your beautiful heart

Posted by Donna - West Lafayette, IN - Friend forever   June 24, 2012

Erin and Craig, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, A Nancy

Posted by Nancy and Chuck Tyche - Fox Lake, IL - Aunt and Uncle to Erin Ebershoff   June 24, 2012

I had known Henry for many years. He will truly be missed in the Carnival area of several states. He was always a great gentleman with his pounds of cashews at Convention. It was always come in and set down and lets talk, even when we no longer had use for tents. And Craig, Scott and Rich, I know you will miss him bunches, but you were raised up by a great parent. May God Bless you all and grant you peace.

Posted by Janice Enk - Martinsville, IN   June 24, 2012

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Lana and Family , My heart goes out to you . I know you fought a long hard battle with Henry and you never left his sight . Please know you remain in my heart and prayers and I am here for you when you are ready or need someone . Much Love to you Susie Keczan

Posted by Susie Keczan - Bluefield, WV - Friend    June 24, 2012

It doesn’t matter if you are a relative, friend, business associate, employee or just some random person on the street, Henry Ebershoff has touched your life one way or another. Our slogan at Lafayette Tent & Awning is “Second To None” and that is exactly what Henry Ebershoff always will be to me. They don’t make men like him anymore. Henry has made a man of me as well as hundreds of other kids that I have seen walk thru that front door at 125 South 5th Street and we should all be thankful we had the pleasure of knowing him. The thing I am going to miss the most is walking in that office and seeing him and having him crack one of his jokes (i.e. The Maple Kind?) or calling in when I am having a tough time and him just making me crack up laughing on the phone. We are all going to miss you Chief, but we will make you proud down at the shop, just keep watching over us and keep us on the right path.

Posted by Keven Denney - Lafayette, IN - Employee LTA   June 23, 2012

My son worked for Mr. Henry Ebershoff to put himself through college. He learned many things and the most important of all was
HOW TO BE A MAN.
Henry was like a father to him. He showed him how to give and get respect. How to cope with the problems of life and how to behave like a man should behave. How to lead a crew of men and get the job done and to do it right. Not cut corners but how to be proud of what you did on the job and to do it right the first time.
He taught him that hard work won't kill you and falling into bed all dirty and sore at the end of a long workday gave you a feeling of satisfaction at a job well done.
As a single mother, I could never teach my son these things but Henry Ebershoff gave my son more than his own father did!
I love Henry for that and my son was inconsolable when he heard the sad news of Henry's passing.
If there was ever a manual on how to be a boss, a man, and a great person and do it all with a smile on your face Henry Ebershoff wrote it.
My son was on the verge of getting into trouble when he started at LTA. Henry Ebershoff gave him back to me. He went to work at LTA a punk kid and Henry gave him back to me a MAN. LTA has lost it's best asset
I've never seen a man that got and deserved more respect than Henry Ebershoff. I've said enough through tears at all of our loss of this man.
Mr. Ebershoff, You will be missed by all who knew you.
RIP

Posted by Mom    June 23, 2012

My son has only referred to two men as "the ole man" - his grandfather who he respected and adored, and, Henry Ebershoff . To him Mr. Ebershoff was a man above reproach and worthy of the utmost respect. You boys have some very big shoes to fill, but from everything I have learned about you all, it will be a task you are all up to. He touched so many lives in so many ways, just as you guys continue to do daily. Just seeing the interaction between you and my son and the other co-workers has been a blessing to me and I am sure it was learned at the feet of your father, such a strong and giving man. Mrs. Ebershoff my thoughts and prayers are with you. With highest regards for your family at this time and in the days to come. Joyce Ramos

Posted by Joyce W. Ramos - Rainsville, AL - Mother of employee, James R. Hol   June 23, 2012

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Ebershoff Family ~ It is with great sadness that I send heartfelt condolences in your loss of Henry. I have never known a finer man than Henry. He will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and fair-mindedness. I will always have a smile on my face when thinking of O'Henry... May you cherish your memories of this great man. ~Linda Flora

Posted by Linda Flora - Lafayette, IN - former employee & friend   June 23, 2012

Lana,
I know you lost your best friend but he is near you always.
Remember that.
You had the kind of marriage most people only dream about. Henry was always the "straight man" to your corny jokes but I saw the laughter in his eyes. He was so proud of you. He loved you more than himself and it showed.
He is no longer in pain and the cancer is finally gone.
He died the way he lived... With Grace and Dignity befitting a true gentleman.
I am a better person for knowing you both.
Reach out to those that love you. Henry would want it that way.
His arms are forever around you my friend.
Henry, Rest In Peace.
You are Loved
Always Your Friend,
Gretchen

Posted by Gretchen - IN - Forever Friend for 30+ years   June 23, 2012

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My heart felt sympathy to Henry's family. May God be with all of you at this time. I will keep my friend Henry in my prayers. I am greatful for his friendship and the many good times we shared in high school. Mike Henning

Posted by mike henning - land o lakes, FL - high school friend   June 23, 2012

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I miss throwing the football with my Grandpa Henry. I love you Grandpa!!
I will always miss you! Love forever , Lil' Henry

Posted by Lil' Henry Ebershoff - Lafayette, IN - Grandson   June 23, 2012

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My Prayers and thoughts are with you.......

Posted by Veronica Coffey Lancaster - Orange City, FL   June 23, 2012

My very deepest sympathy to Henry's family. You are all in my prayers. I knew him from the time we were 5 years old and went to St. Mary's and CC and Purdue-a great guy. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Melinda Fogarty Kazmer - Palm City, FL - classmate   June 23, 2012

My prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. My mom and dad lived across the street from Henry for years and said he was a wonderful neighbor...always looking out for them and helping them whenever they needed it.

May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Lisa Knevel - Lafayettey, IN - Former Neighbor   June 23, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers of condolences go out to all the Ebershoff family. Henry will be remembered for his strong, kind and thoughtful ways. I know no one who worked harder throughout his life for his family, community and friends.

Hal & Lynn Youart

Posted by Hal & Lynn Youart - Lafayette, IN - Friend   June 23, 2012

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Rich, Scott and Craig.

Posted by Jessica Floyd    June 23, 2012

Henry was not just the tent guy to the Berrien County Youth Fair - he was a business partner and a friend. Since 1975, tents have gone up and down by Lafayette Tent and Awning without a hitch. From Henry to Rich to Scott and Craig, we have had the pleasure of working with this fine family for 37 years and hopefully many, many more. I always looked forward to the MAFE convention to get to spend some time with "Dad". He taught the boys how to work and do business. He had a great smile and hug. I was lucky to follow the friendship he had with my Mom and Dad, so he accepted me by default. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him especially Michigan fairs.

I'll keep an eye on the boys, Dad.

Karen

Posted by Karen M. Klug - Eau Claire, MI - friend and Michigan fair   June 23, 2012

Susie, Lana, Richard, Scott and Craig, our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this most difficult of times! RIP Henry!

Posted by Anne, Mike & Joshua Berstler - Hope, NJ   June 23, 2012

Candle

I have so many great memories of Henry. The wonderful vacations in the keys...the facinating way he taught me to fish for barracuda in the "Miss Sally" :)...the wonderful food we had at all the great restaurant we went to. All the laughs, smiles and crazy stories he always told. I will miss his witt, his charm and his way of making everyone around him feel that they were #1. He was the hardest working man I had ever met in my life and amazed me daily. Anyone that knew Henry.......always smiled when they heard his name. He was the most giving man I had ever met. The great wedding Scott and I had in the keys....and the fun we all shared. Since losing my father 30 years ago and knowing Henry knew my father....I always felt He and I shared an unspoken bond... A "fatherly" bond I needed.
My heart aches for his wife and his family he has left behind. We all loved him so much......all in our own way :) I know he is in a better place and I am at ease knowing he is not in any pain anymore.....but it doesn't make it hurt any less. My thoughts and prayers surround him, his memory, his life and all that he stood for. I will never forget your kindness and huge heart. Please tell my dad when you see him that I'm ok and I miss him more that words can say. I love you "Chief" and will miss you for many, many years to come. Peace be with you Henry.

Posted by Jamie C Ebershoff - Lafayette, IN - Daughter In Law   June 22, 2012