Francis R. “Frank” Ebenkamp, 91, Jasper

Frankie EbenkampFrancis R. “Frank” Ebenkamp, 91, of Jasper, died Tuesday (February 7) at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. He was born in Jasper July 14, 1925, to Frank and Rose (Brockman) Ebenkamp. He married Patricia Dishinger April 21, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died November 12, 2010.

Frank was a U.S. Navy corpsman attached to the Fifth Marine Division which fought on Iwo Jima in World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and was a member of Jasper VFW Post No. 673, American Legion Post No. 147, and the Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He was a member of the Jasper Kiwanis, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and the Jasper Knights of Columbus.

A 1943 graduate of Jasper High School, he was a cheerleader for the Wildcats basketball team all four years at JHS.  He continued to be a huge supporter of Jasper High School sports and was known for his black and gold overalls and leading his cheer of “Alright, Alright, Alright, OK, OK, OK, Alright, OK, Go Cats, Go!”

He was also the Grand Hofmarschall of the 2002 Jasper Strassenfest.

He enjoyed volunteering his time to community events, playing tennis, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by one son, Scott Ebenkamp and wife Shannon, Jasper; and three grandchildren, Abby, Sam, and Kayce Ebenkamp.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Blessinger, Loretta Jacob, and Cyrilla Birk, and one brother, Erwin Ebenkamp

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold a memorial service at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. Jasper VFW Post will conduct military gravesite rites.

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