Garry Lee Eberth, 73, passed Saturday, November 26, 2022, at home surrounded by his friends, family and his firefighter brothers. He was born March 17, 1949, to Ralph and Maxine Eberth in Leavenworth, KS. The family will hold a Celebration of Life from 1 to 4pm on Sunday, December 4th at Fr Quinlin Hall, 15440 Leavenworth Rd, Basehor, KS, 66007 where they hope his enormous community of friends will come and share their memories.
Garry spent most of his life as a resident of Basehor and Leavenworth County. His early years were spent helping raise the family’s dairy cows. Following Basehor High School graduation in 1967, he completed a year of agriculture and marching band at Kansas State University. He returned to Basehor to maintain the family farm and help his local community planting, growing and developing over 600 acres of farmland across Leavenworth County. Throughout his life, Garry was a jack of all trades with the dream of owning his own company. He held numerous positions in a variety of industries while always tinkering with new ideas, creating numerous gadgets, and hoping to make life tasks simpler, safer, and more tolerable as in a cooling jacket for firefighters and an illuminated emergency response vest he hoped would help his brotherhood. In 2018, Garry achieved his dream opening Eberth Trucking, specializing in a hot shot operations. He ran and managed Eberth Trucking until his passing.
Garry was actively involved in his community and church. As one of the original founding families of St. Martin Lutheran Church, he took great pride in being actively involved in the ministry following in his late parents and grandparents footsteps. During his lifelong membership to St. Martin’s, Garry held the position, Board President and completed multiple beautification projects around the church. The Pastor of St. Martin’s stated, “Garry, was the only member in the congregation whom everyone liked; he had such a warm and caring personality.”
Garry devoted over 44 years of service to the local community as a volunteer Firefighter and was awarded Firefighter of the year in 2015. He also served his community as the Trustee and Clerk of Fairmount Township, being chosen to continue with an overwhelming win in the November 2022 election.
Garry was an avid pitch player and square danced most of his life. He loved anything involving heavy machinery, like his John Deere tractor and Caterpillar Dozer. It was never uncommon to find him on the farm moving dirt and digging the pond. In addition to his family, Garry truly loved aviation. He obtained his pilot license in 1977 and felt blessed to own a Blue 1972 Cesena, his pride and joy. When Garry wasn’t in the friendly skies, he was actively watching, tracking, and studying all different types of aircraft coming and going in and out of Kansas City International Airport.
Selflessly, Garry spent much of his time trying to make the world a better place for his friends and family by helping his neighbors and his community whenever he saw a need. Without being asked, he spread kindness and joy to everyone.
Garry was preceded in death by his younger brother, Keith Eberth; his mother, Helen Maxine Eberth; his father, Ralph Eberth; and his favorite grandmother, Elisa.
Garry is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary Jo Eberth; two daughters, Kimberly McIntire, her husband, Dr. Nicholas McIntire, and their three children, Mia, Owen and Sebastien, and Amanda Huston-Clark, her husband, Jason Clark and their son, Alexander; three step-children, Julia Schmalz, Jim Wessel, his wife, Juliann Wessel, and Janet Wessel and their children, Amber (Derrick), Reagan (Andrew), Brooke, Zackary, Sean, Courtney, Paige, Grace and Natalie; his great granddaughter, Maven; a sister, Sandy Milbourn (Wes), a brother, Dennis Eberth (Sheri) and a sister-in-law Debi Eberth and their families..
Funeral services will be Monday, December 5, 2022 at St. Martin Lutheran Church, 13849 Hollingsworth Rd, Kansas City, KS 66109. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Garry’s final resting place will be in Mount Muncie Cemetery, 1500 N. 8th St., Lansing, KS, 66043.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers please send donations to Sister Servants of Mary, 800 North18th, Kansas City, Kansas, 66102, who donated countless hours over Garry’s last few weeks or The Fairmount Township Fire Department General Fund, P.O. Box 136, Basehor, Kansas 66007 who supported the family daily since Garry’s diagnosis. All additional gifts of kindness should be sent to St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.
Topic: Garry Eberth's Celebration of Life Zoom
Time: Dec 4, 2022 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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