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July 26, 1948 – Thursday, December 15, 2016

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church-Buffalo
Monday, December 19, 2016
5:30 P.M.

Visitation Information
AT THE CHURCH
Monday, December 19, 2016
3:00 P.M.till time of service

Neil Frederick Ebeling, age 68, of Buffalo passed away Thursday December 15, 2016 at Allina Hospital in Buffalo, MN. The first son of Einar and Alice Ebeling, Neil was born on July 26, 1948 in Monticello, MN. Neil attended Buffalo High School where he was active in football and wrestling before graduating in 1966. He served in the Marine Corp and was deployed to Vietnam on April 16, 1968. He returned home safely February 13, 1970. Neil married Vicki Schleif on September 22, 1973. They had their first son Eric on February 10, 1983. Their second son Ryan followed on February 3, 1986. He became a grandfather to Adelyn in 2012 and again to Evyana in 2015.
Neil was the proud owner of his own plumbing business that serviced the Buffalo and surrounding areas for 30+ years. Neil enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, Astronomy and photography. More often than not Neil preferred to shoot game with his camera as opposed to his gun. He took many hunting trips out west with his in-laws and friends, and fishing trips to Canada with his two sons. He often said what made him most happy was listening to his sons talk and laugh with each other.
Neil was always eager to tell a good joke or story. He enjoyed spending his time volunteering teaching gun safety classes at the Waverly Gun Club and Buffalo High School. Neil was generous with his time and resources and was always putting the needs of others above his own. He will be greatly missed.
Neil is survived by his Wife Vicki (Schleif) Ebeling; Sons Eric (Jillian) Ebeling & Ryan (Kelly) Ebeling; Granddaughter’s Adelyn & Evyana Ebeling; Brother Brad (Jeannie) Ebeling; Sister-in-law Jill Ebeling; Father-in-law Jim Schleif; Sisters-in-law Lauri (Tom) Hayes; Jill (Curt) VanLith, and Julie Bruhn; Brother -in-law Steve (Carol) Schleif; as well as many Nieces, Nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his Parents Einar & Alice (Abel); Brother Doug Ebeling; Mother-in-law Patty (Henson) Schleif; Brothers-in-law Scott Schleif & Jeff Bruhn.

16 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lucy Weege

    Our prayers go out to the Ebeling family during this time of loss. Neil was a great person and had a good sense of humor.

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  2. Steve and Carol Stein

    We were so very sorry to hear about Neil’s passing. He was a very kind, loving man. He will surely be missed. May God bless you and bring you peace during this holiday season as you share memories of him. Much love to you all.

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  3. Sheila Nadeau

    Vicki, I am so sorry for your loss of your husband. May your great memories keep him alive in your heart forever.

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  4. Anita Duske

    Our deepest sympathy to you on your loss. He was always smiling and so friendly.
    Waverly Gun Club and Anita Duske

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  5. Kaye Berning

    Vicki and Family; I am so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. There are no words that will make this easier for you, but know you are in my prayers. May God keep you in his loving embrace.

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  6. Greg and Colleen Donovan

    With deepest sympathy to Vickie and family members. Cherish the memories.

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  7. Bruce & Cindy Berghorst

    Eric, we are so sad for your loss. You, Jill and your family are in our thoughts and prayers; and we hope you can take solace in the wonderful memories. It sounds like he was an amazing Dad.

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  8. Steven Carlson

    Vicky, my heart is heavy for you and your family. I wish you moments of peace and happy remembering as you bear your feelings of sorrow and missing.

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  9. Bill and Kari Triplett

    Our sympathy and prayers go out to the entire Ebeling family and friends.
    Neil was a wonderful man and we count ourselves blessed to have known him.

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  10. Jason , Tricia & Bailey Hopland

    So sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. He had such a kind and generous spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  11. Alicia Stenlund

    Thinking of you and Jill, sending peace and comfort to you both during this time.

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  12. Corey Bechtold

    So sorry to hear about Neil. He was a special guy because he always had a smile on his face and genuinely cared for everyone. He will surely be missed.

    Prayers go out to everyone who was lucky enough to know him.

    My deepest sympathies,

    Corey Bechtold

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  13. John and Sue Hylland

    Our sympathies to you and yours. John recalled he always had a smile on his face! (one of his favorite sub-contractors when he had his business..) He will be missed. John and Sue H

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  14. Aaron Suomala Folkerds

    Neil was just an amazing man. I so enjoyed my time working for him. I learned a lot about plumbing from him, but I learned even more about life and how to treat others with dignity and respect. Neil was a great mentor and teacher. I will be forever grateful that I had the opportunity to know him. My deepest sympathies and prayers. Aaron

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  15. Robin Chaffins

    Vicki, We’re so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Our prayers will be with you in the months ahead.
    Gary & Robin Perisian Chaffins

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  16. Teri Durant-Nelson

    Vicki; So sorry to hear of Neil’s passing.

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