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COLUMBUS, Kan. - Ted L. Eberhard, 89, of Columbus, passed away May 20, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, in Joplin, Mo. He was born September 30, 1927, in Beaumont, Texas, the son of Oliver (Sam) and Zelpha (Jones) Eberhard.
He married Mary J. Cole in 1949 at First Methodist Church, in Joplin.
Ted was a manager at the Stock Yard Feed, in Joplin, and a sells manager at Ragland Mills, Neosho, Mo., he retired from both jobs. He served in the Navy, and was stationed on the U.S.S Curtis.
He pitched baseball for the Yankee organization and the former Joplin Miners in 1948. Ted enjoyed training bird dogs, hunting, fishing, coaching American Legion baseball, mowing grass, growing tomatoes and sharing them with many friends and family.
One of his greatest accomplishments was coaching American Legion baseball and out of all his coaching 40+ ball players received college scholarships or signed professional.
Survivors include one son, Joe Eberhard, of Fort Smith, Ark.; one daughter, Melinda (Carl) Helwig, of rural Columbus; two grandchildren, Chris (Lucinda) Eberhard, of Greenwood, Ark., Katie (Jim) Battreal, of Little Rock, Ark.; four great-grandchildren, Landon and Maddie Kate Battreal, Bo Eberhard, and Hunter White. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Floyd Eberhard; one sister, Twyla Hughes.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid Avenue, Joplin, MO 64801, with Rev. Gary Thomas, officiating. Inurnment will be at the Edgmand Cemetery, in Cherokee County, Tuesday, May 30, at 2 p.m.
A memorial has been established to the Royal Heights United Methodist Church; memorials may be sent to the address above.
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Arrangements are by the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home & Crematory, 611 South East Avenue, Columbus, KS 66725.
Published on May 24, 2017
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