Obituary of Theodore Eaton Ebbage Jr,“Ted”
June 19, 2017
Theodore Eaton Ebbage Jr, "Ted" passed away in the comfort of his own home on June 11, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 71 years young. Ted was born in Oakland, California on May 10th, 1946 to Ted Sr. and Irene Ebbage. He weighed a mere 2 pounds at birth yet he persevered, truly showing the world what a fighter he was and would continue to be throughout his life. He was raised in Centerville (Fremont), CA. In 1965, he was drafted into the United States Army and completed his basic training at Ft. Lewis, WA. During basic training, Ted sustained major injuries after being run over by a 105 mm Towed Howitzer. These injuries would continue to ail him throughout his life. Following a six-month recovery he began his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1966 and spent a year in-country. After serving, Ted returned home and began working at the family business, Golden Gate Knitting Mills, in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1969 the family relocated the business and their homes to Grass Valley, CA where Ted met the love of his life, Judy, in 1973. The two were married for 44 years. Grass Valley is also where Ted fell for the other love of his life; the game of golf. Having joined Alta Sierra Country Club when relocating, golf became a passion at which he excelled. Ted was the Club Champion a total of six times. One year he even shared the honor with his son, Andy (Junior Club Champion) and father Ted Sr. (Senior Club Champion). This was the first time in club history that something like this had happened. However, due to the injuries he sustained in the service, he was physically unable to continue playing golf in spite of his love of the game. Upon the closing of the family business in 1988, Ted started a new career as a butcher working at SPD and Albertson's in Grass Valley. He was forced to retire early in 2000 due to ongoing complications from his prior injuries.
In his later years Ted enjoyed music, fishing, boating, sailing, and spending time at Alta Sierra Country Club. He was able to reconnect with friends he made in the service and loved spending time with them and their families.
Survived by his wife Judy of Grass Valley, children Andy (Carolyn) of Roseville, CA. Erica (Jason) of Hayden, ID. Grandchildren Andrea, Emily, Melanie and Ryan Theodore. Siblings Steven of Nevada City, CA. Luanne Parkhurst of Broken Arrow, OK and Roger of Eugene, OR. There are also numerous nieces and nephews that he loved and who loved him in return. Preceded in death by his mother, father and brother inlaw (Grover), with whom he shared a special bond.
Known as someone who would always tell it like it is, his quick wit and sense of humor made him quite memorable to those he encountered. He will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Foothills and in lieu of flowers; donations can be made to them. A celebration of Ted's life has been planned for July 15, 2017 from 2-5 pm at Alta Sierra Country Club.
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