on November 20, 2013 - 5:58 PM
Sept. 9, 1923 – Sept. 22, 2013
Services for Robert Nelson Ebeling, a retired chemist and World War II veteran, were held Sept. 26 in Lombardo Funeral Home in Orchard Park.
Mr. Ebeling died Sept. 22 in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 90.
Born in Buffalo, one of 18 children, he attended Buffalo schools and Gardenville High School in West Seneca. He interrupted his education after Pearl Harbor and joined the war effort, working at Bell Aircraft before he enlisted in the Army.
He took part in the China-Burma-India Campaign, working in a medical unit in India for 2½ years.
After the war, Mr. Ebeling worked for 25 years at the Pratt and Letchworth steel plant, then went to Curtiss-Wright, where he was part of the supersonic transport project team.
In retirement, he became active in senior services and took part in the annual Senior Olympics program sponsored by the Salvation Army, winning three gold medals in miniature golf, gold and silver medals in billiards and a silver medal in racewalking.
He also was active in the Tosh Collins Center in South Buffalo.
A lifelong baseball enthusiast, he was chosen as the Buffalo Bisons Fan of the Year in 2001.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Alice “Sally” Krone; a daughter, Lana C. Hames; a son, Charles N.; and a granddaughter.