On March 23, 1953, the world was blessed with the birth of Terrance Allen Ebach. Terry was born at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Rugby to Joseph and Caroline (Axtman) Ebach of Balta. He was baptized at Little Flower Church in Rugby on March 28, 1953, had his first communion in May 1965, and was confirmed at St. John Catholic Church in Grafton on May 19, 1968.
On March 3, 2016, a band of angels came down to the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby and wrapped Terry up in their arms and took him to Heaven to be with his Maker.
Terry was the 4th of 7 children. He was raised in Balta until he was 8 years old when he moved to the Grafton State School, where he received special education programming. While there, Terry worked as a dishwasher and custodian at the school.
On April 20, 1977, Terry moved to Minot and entered Vocational Workshop Minot, where he continued to receive residential and vocational services. Terry had lived on his own with the guidance of his dear friend, Roger Wheeling. Terry participated in Special Olympics sporting events, namely track, long jump, bowling, softball and pool.
He worked as an early morning custodian at the Minot airport and various tasks at the recycling center. He was also employed at several other businesses in the Minot area. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting, greeting, and conversing with people.
Terry met Barbara Ness at the state school and continued their friendship at the 2nd Story Special Club in Minot. After 20 years of friendship, they were married in Minot on May 12, 2001. This was the happiest day in both of their lives.
In July of 2007, Terry and Barb moved to Group Home Vocational Workshop in Minot. One of their favorite activities was going to the Dairy Queen for an ice cream treat. Terry and Barb were members of the Bread of Life Lutheran Church. Both were members of the Minot Eagles Club, where they enjoyed many evenings of singing and dancing. Terry was a huge fan of the “Dukes of Hazard” television program. Many times he said he wanted to drive the car featured on the program. In 2006, he and Barb took a trip to Nashville and he was able to sit in the Duke’s car. This was only one of many trips they shared .
Terry and Barb enjoyed country music, singing, visiting with friends and family and watching animals and seeing the beauty in nature. Terry enjoyed playing his guitar for his wife and family. Barb was the biggest love and the sparkle in his eyes. They were a devoted and inseparable couple she was his boss and he was hers. Terry brought joy, love, and a big smile to everyone he met. He never forgot a face. His heart was filled with innocent pure love. He brought out the best in those around him. His siblings felt blessed to have Terry as their brother. Terry had many families in his life in addition to his biological family, he cherished his vocational workshop family, his group home family, and the last years of his life were greatly enhanced by the gracious care of the staff at the Heart of America Medical Center Care Center, since he moved there in 2014.
Terry was a big part of the life of his family. He taught them so much about love and life and how to do it unselfishly. God had chosen his family to place him and his family was blessed to call him their brother. He put what was important in life into focus. His family said many times that if every family had or was related to a special needs child, that the world would be a better place. They bring out the best qualities in all those who are blessed to be part of the their world. Terry will be very sadly missed by all who shared in his life.
Terry was greeted in Heaven by his parents, grandparents, brother-in-law Dwight Tofte (1993) and nephews Joseph (1967) and Kevin Kohl (2010).
Those who shared in Terry’s life and dreams were, his love of his life, his wife of 14 years, Barb – Minot; his siblings, Dorothy (Joe) Kohl New England, North Dakota; Duane (Sharon) Ebach – Rugby; Reynold (Judy) Ebach – Pueblo, Colorado; Jolene (Ken) Higbee Knox; Lori Allred (Scott Takeda) Denver; Rodney (Elizabeth) Ebach – Newalla, Oklahoma and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Terry’s life will be held at the Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. HAMC Chaplain Don Barsness will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home after 8 AM on Saturday until the time of the service. Burial will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery in Balta immediately following the service.
Please Enter Your Facebook App ID. Required for FB Comments. Click here for FB Comments Settings page