Laurel William Ebert
Army Pvt. Laurel William Ebert, 28, was declared missing in action after leaving on a mission Nov. 26, 1942, in the Australian Territory of Papua (present-day Papua New Guinea) during World War II and failing to return. His remains were accounted for on July 1, 2019, and will be laid to rest next to his parents in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blairstown.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church in Blairstown with the Rev. Jeffrey A. Schanbacher officiating. Graveside services will immediately follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by the U.S. Army.
Laurel was born Nov. 24, 1914, in Iowa, the son of Eldo Henry and Laura M. Schultz Ebert. He was a 1933 graduate of Blairstown High School.
Laurel served in Company I, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.
Those surviving Laurel include sister-in-law, Phyllis Ebert; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His siblings, Wayne and Donald Ebert, Esther Stuckwisch, Adeline Severine and Lauretta Niebes, are deceased.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Laurel Ebert, an American hero.
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