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Celebration of Life

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Sunday February 24th, 2019

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James Ebeling

James Alben Ebeling was the best of people, a self-proclaimed renaissance man without a renaissance. Known affectionately as “Jim” by everyone from Trader Joe’s employees to neighbors and doctors.

He was a proud logophile, a closeted artist- he has even been teased that he was indeed a CANDLESTICK MAKER.

He was also an art collector and his home gallery is a testament of his love of art. Don’t even start a conversation with him on the acceptable shades of yellow or red for that matter.

He was a baseball fanatic. Sneaking into the Cubs games as a youth.  He actually played in the minors but the draft ended that. He was a diehard CUBS FAN! And was shocked and overjoyed when they won the World Series!  But he enjoyed any home town team. He married a Dodger fan.  Braves, but not the Marlins even though he lived in Florida for a time... The Rockies, though he never lived there., but three of his grandkids do.  Giants and the feeder teams ---The Dukes now the Isotopes, and River Cats.

He was a kind liberal.

Born and bred in the Midwest. If you will talk to him about the area he will smile, laugh and reminisce and share stories about his shenanigans with his cousins on the farm.  He worked with his Grandfathers on trains and front loaders. He picked up dead bodies with his Dad. After college at Valparaiso, he married that Dodger fan, raised a family and owned gas stations in Atlanta during the Carter years… After the divorce he meddled in candle making and jewelry in Florida and New Mexico.  But fell into Real Estate and deeply in love with a gal from Ohio, who, on a balloon chase stole his heart.

As a collector of personalities, he collected daughters by the dozen, musicians by the many and he had countless friends across the States and the world which he would include in his family.

He loved and adored his beloved wife, Ginna as well as vans, sweet pickles, herring, jokes, music, words, NPR, Public Television and his family; three Daughters, a Son and son in law, seven Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren.

He would be humbled that you spent the time reading this.

When asked if he wanted an obituary his answer was “Humph!”

We did the best we could with an answer like that.

To say he will be missed is an understatement.

At least we still have Ole and Lena to help keep his jokes coming… So, grab a cookie everyone.

“Ole went into the kitchen and started to take a cookie. Lena slapped his hand away and said "Get avay! Dese cookies aren't for you, der for yer funeral!”

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in Davis, California at Superowl Brewery on Sunday February 24th at noon and Friday October 4th In Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We have been asked if there in a memorial fund set up for Jim. If you are in a giving spirit a donation to National Public Radio at https://www.npr.org/series/750002/support-public-radi o or KVIE Sacramento Public Television at https://www.kvie.org/donation-to-kvie-05162018-1/ would be exactly what this kind liberal would have appreciated.

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Those are great memories- He loved that you too wanted to be a Lobo and came out to go to UNM! He had his collection of daughters and you were in the fold.

Jillian Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Ebeling

Konnie L Frey Jan 23 2019 12:00 AM

Jim. Mr. Jim. You welcomed me into your home for my first trip to Albuquerque, and into your life for every day thereafter. From the trip to see Haley's Comet to the brown bag lunches at Dukes games, the trip to Acoma, learning about the Southwest, and genuine care I felt; you will remain in my heart. Thank you for sharing a small piece of your your life with me and teaching so much to my soul.

Konnie L Frey Jan 23 2019 12:00 AM

I met Jim by volunteering through citizens who care. I sat and visited with Ginna while Jim did errands. Ginna had her ice cream and Jim made a bowl of delicious fresh tomatoes for me. Jim and I bonded over our mutual midwest upbringing. He was such a special guy and my head is still reeling over the fact that he is gone. I feel so priviledged to have known him. Thank you to Anna for having called me, allowing me to have a nice visit just one week before he passed. and now this.....Ole and Lena got married. On their honeymoon trip they were nearing Minneapolis when Ole put his hand on Lena's knee. Giggling, Lena said, "Ole, you can go a little farther now if ya vant to"... so Ole drove to Duluth.

Barbara Renwick Jan 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you Barbara! Smiles at this time are a gem to us. He also LOVED that joke... Hope to see you at the Celebration of Life or before...

Jillian Jan 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you so much for your words, Starla! I know he thought so highly of you and Dr. G. Thank you for your great care of them both...You are one of the daughters he collected...

Jillian Jan 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks for the smile Barbara, we all appreciate passing on Jim's humor.

Maria Jan 11 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you, Linda. We will have an Albq. Celebration of Life on Balloon Fiesta Weekend, also..

Maria Jan 11 2019 12:00 AM

Ole and Lena got married. On their honeymoon trip they were nearing Minneapolis when Ole put his hand on Lena's knee. Giggling, Lena said, "Ole, you can go a little farther now if ya vant to"... so Ole drove to Duluth.

Barbara Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM

What can I say about Jim? It has been such a pleasure knowing him for all these years and being able to take care of him. I treasure the friendship that I had with both him and Ginna. I will truly miss him. He had some an infectious smile and was so fun to joke around with. We would always give each other such a hard time about sports and marriage.I always looked forward to the next time that I would see him and we would always talk about great lunches we would make. My heart is sad but I know that Jim is watching over us all. Lots of love to the family. You are all inmy thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful soul with me. Big hugs to you all.

Starla Alvarado Jan 8 2019 12:00 AM

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